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Pulmonology

Best Pulmonology Department in kochi.

The Department of Pulmonology at VPS Lakeshore offers diagnostic services, consultation and effective treatment for diseases and illnesses of the lungs and respiratory system. Pulmonology consultation is often provided for patients with the common symptoms such as Cough, Wheezing, Chest Tightness/Congestion, Breathing Difficulty, Blood-spitting, etc.

Diseases which are mainly dealt by Pulmonology Dept:

  • Allergy and Asthma

  • COPD

  • Pneumonia including Bacterial, Viral including H1N1, Fungal

  • Bronchiectasis

  • Lung Cancer

  • Tuberculosis

  • Snoring and Sleep Apnea

  • Pleural Effusion, Pneumothorax

  • Mediastinal Disorders - Lymph Node Enlargement of Various Causes, Mass Lesions

  • Sarcoidosis

  • Interstitial Lung Disease

  • Connective Tissue related Pulmonary Disorders

  • Pulmonary Vascular Diseases - Thromboembolism, PAH, AV Malformation

  • Chest-wall Diseases

  • Diaphragm Disorders


Key Highlights of this Department are:

  • Diagnostic Tests and Procedures

  • Speciality Clinics

  • Respiratory Emergencies

Other Information

SERVICES Diagnostic Tests and Procedures:

1. Pulmonary Function Tests

  • Spirometry.

  • 6 Minute Walk Test.

  • Pulse Oximetry, Arterial Blood Gas Sampling.

    

2. Sleep Study (Polysomnography) and CPAP Titration

  • For evaluation of sleep related breathing disorders like Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

  • Comprehensive Sleep Study - cPAP Titration and cPAP Compliance monitoring system.

  • Efficient Home Management plan for Sleep Apnea.


3. Fibre Optic Bronchoscopy

  • Visualization of the airway and bronchial tree.

  • Bronchial washing and Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL).

  • Bronchial Brushing.

  • Transbronchial Needle Aspiration (TBNA).

  • Intrabronchial Biopsy.

  • Transbronchial Lung Biopsy (TBLB).

  • Thoracic Ultrasound.

  • Ultrasound procedures like Pleural aspiration and Intercostal Drainage.

4. Allergic Skin Prick Test

  • For identifying the causative agents of allergic disorders like Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis, Urticaria, Food Allergy.

5. Pleural Aspiration (Thoracocentesis) Diagnostic

6. FNAC of Cervical LN  


Therapeutic

  • Intercostal drainage for pleural effusion and pneumothorax.

  • Therapeutic bronchoscopy for secretion clearance and selected cases of airway foreign body removal.

  • Nebulized medication administration (Bronchodilators, antibiotics) for COPD or asthma exacerbations.

  • Non-invasive ventilatory support for acute respiratory distress/failure due to various causes.

  • Invasive ventilation.

  • Facilities for oxygen therapy including home oxygen therapy for patients with chronic respiratory failure.


Specialty clinics

1. Difficult- Asthma Clinic

  • Comprehensive evaluation and state of the art treatment including anti-IgE therapy (Omalizumab).

  • Home based monitoring.


2. Snoring and Sleep apnea

  • Comprehensive clinical evaluation by consultant alongwith sleep study for evaluation of snoring and sleep apnea.

  • Auto CPAP titration facility and data review to assess patient adherence and compliance, pressure requirements and resolution of AHI.

  • Practical management plan and prescription based on patient and disease factors.


3. Pediatric pulmonology

  • Pediatric allergy and asthma.

  • Pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections.

  • Congenital disorders affecting the lung, airway and mediastinum.


4. COPD rehabilitation

  • Merges with the departments of Physiotherapy and Nutrition for COPD patients to improve symptom tolerance and the overall quality of life in addition to medications.


5. Pleural diseases

  • Intercostal Catheter Drainage for Pneumothorax and General Pleural Effusion.

  • Image-guided Pleural Interventions with Self Retaining Pleural Catheter Insertion for difficult-to-access Encysted Pleural Effusions, Hydropneumothorax, Pyothorax, etc. avoiding the need for surgical intervention.

  • Intrapleural Fibrinolysis for Septated Pleural Effusions

  • Talc Pleurodesis for persistent Pleural Effusions and recurrent Pneumothorax.

  • Image guided pleural biopsies.


6. Smoking Cessation

  • Nicotine dependence assessment using a simple questionnaire.

  • Counseling and Pharmacotherapy including the latest treatment strategies.


7. Interstitial Lung Disease (ILDs)

  • Evaluation of etiologies, risk factors.


Respiratory Emergencies

  • Acute Respiratory Failure including H1N1 and related Viral Pneumonia and ARDS.

  • Sepsis and ARDS.

  • COPD and Asthma exacerbations.

  • Acute Respiratory Failure.

  • Acute Pulmonary Embolism.

  • Bronchial Artery Embolization for Massive Hemoptysis

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