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Pulmonary Specialist Louis Pasture
See below: Asthma, copd, lung cancer, abnormal chest x-rays and ct scans, infections including bronchitis, pneumonia, TB and many others, pulmonary embolism, hemoptysis (coughing out blood), sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis, occupational lung disease, generalized cough and shortness of breath, to name a few. A lot of us also specialize in critical care medicine and take care of patients in the icu. ...Read more
Abnormal results after breathing test the drs sending me to pulmonary specialist what are they looking for? I have been breathing difficulties
Pediatric pulmonolog: In the USA; pediatric pulmonologists would have spent 3 years in an accredited fellowship program followed by successfully passing the pediatric pulmonology board exam. To be eligible for a fellowship in pulmonology, the candidate physician should have completed a 3 year residency training in general pediatrics. ...Read more
Many questions: I am assuming you mean your child was referred. The specialist will review all available records and get a detailed history of your child's breathing issues as well as other medical symptoms that may be related. Your child will have a detailed physical exam and based on the history and physical may have testing of breathing capacity (spirometry), xrays or CT scan, and lab tests. ...Read more
I was seeing a pulmonary specialist for nodules on my lungs. I smoke have no ins haven't been able to see him should I be worried and try to see him??
Pulmonary nodules: I am assuming from your question that you know you have pulmonary nodules and this is a follow up? If so then yes, you are at a high risk for problems due to smoking. Don't ignore theses, they can be totally benign but due to the smoking need to be followed by pulmonary. ...Read more
I have blood clots, that threw to bilateral pulmonary emboli, I have a pulmonologist, what other specialist should I see to be proactive in my health?
Identify cause: Establishing the cause of blood clots and pulmonary emboli is important. A good place to start is your primary care physician, who will review your medical history, perform an examination, order appropriate tests and possibly suggest a subspecialist based on the findings. ...Read more
Have disc-degenitrive disease with l4, and L5 rupture without physical therapy, with recent severe muscle spasms through-out body with un-biopsied nodules in both lungs totalling! 5, cancelled pulmonary specialist appt due to fathers recent death and mov
You: You have two major issues going on and you need to have an immediate medical evaluation. Please call the nearest hospital/doctor referral line, and ask for a neurosurgeon and a pulmonologist. It is very important that you be seen immediately for a complete evaluation. Please be sure that you have your old records faxed immediately to yourself or your new doctors so that your care is not delayed. ...Read more
Is a chest specialist and the pulmonologist the same things.? I ve bronchiectasis and I am not sure if I a with right dr to help wid this issue
Pulmonology: Yes. They are the same.Get a more detailed answer ›
What do you suggest if my husband has pneumonia and now our doctor is referring him to a pulmonary specialist?
My husband has pneumonia and now our doctor is referring him to a pulmonary specialist. What more can a specialist do?
There are: Many different types of pneumonia, and also a variety of conditions which could predispose to pneumonia. A pulmonologist is in the best position to sort it out. Perhaps your primary doc felt that there was something out of the ordinary? But why speculate, you can ask your doctor the reason for the referral. ...Read more
Been getting pneumonia a few times in past 6 month or so and naturally worried. Which is better: infectious disease specialist or pulmonologist?
Either or both!: Either one would be helpful, both may be wise. And second opinions are great anyway. Get too different takes on your problem, ask plenty of questions, and take notes for later pondering. Your primary care doc can recommend trustworthy docs and may have an opinion on which you should see first. That is part of the job of your PCP, to send you to the next best level of care for complex problems ...Read more
Of board certified sleep specialists, is it better to see a neurologist, pulmonologist, primary care, etc for narcolepsy?
The best one to see: Is the practitioner who has the best reputation and the relevant experience. If you go to one and you don't like him/her/it, find someone else. ...Read more
Cold, ear infection, alternative dry cough and wet cough for a month. Chest Xray showed clear lungs, chronic appearing lung scarring but no Pnuemonia. Smoker. Urgent care doctor suggested to see Pulmonary specialist. What does this mean? Is scar a problem?
Nothing specific: The x-ray is really just a good screening tool and sometimes picks up old issues with little if any importance but if never seen before lead to more testing to make sure no treatment is needed. Smokers can have "dirty lungs" as can asthmatics. The term "scar" is a gestimate. It might be an old calcified lymph node or something worrisome.Urgent care is not the venue to pursue a head scratcher. ...Read more
I have an appointment with a pulmonologist (?) soon. My lungs are not fully filling with air. What am I to expect at my first visit?
Lung evaluation: Hi! When you first see the pulmonologist you will describe your "history" of the lung problem, then the md will do a physical exam. Other testing may be done on the first day including oximetry (oxygen test from a finger probe), pulmonary function test (breathing tests), and perhaps a chest x-ray and blood tests. ...Read more
I recently went to my pulmonologist and said my lungs are clean but they are under attack from the three autoimmune diseases. How can that be, what to do?
Not enough info: What autoimmune diseases are you talking about? Certain autoimmune diseases can effect the lungs. ...Read more
Not exactly: You exam plus your history give a lot of data; pulmonary function tests help but don't exclude or rule in the diagnosis. ...Read more
Pulmonary nodule appears to be benign. Seeing pulmonologist. Should I bring up the emphysema at the same time?
Most definately.: I think your doc will likely pick up on it, but yes hey have to know all your medical issues. ...Read more
When I laugh I get dizzy & start coughing. Also often air hungry but pulmonologist says lungs OK (normal CXR, spyromentry). Should I seek 2nd opinion?
Hello Dr, This is Prabumani R from India-Chennai. I have questions about my health and the observation of my lungs CT scan. I wanna medical advise with pulmonologist which is related to thoracic medicine. Thank u prabumani r?
Best bet: You might want to contact a pulmonologist on HealthTap Concierge to discuss further. ...Read more
57 year old healthy male with chronic cough, not asthma, not allergies, no pulmonary cause. Where should he go next? Chronic cough for over 5 years....Been to pulmonologist, allergist, no cause found, no medication has helped. Allergy meds, inhalers, me
What could cause dull pain in center of chest? Saw cardiologist had stress test, cardiac ct, and echo... all ok. Also saw pulmonologist... lungs ok.
Gastro related???: Sounds like you have had a good work up already. Gastrointestinal issues such as reflux disease, esophageal spasm, gallbladder and others, as well as musculoskeletal problems such as costochondritis can cause your symptoms. It all depends on the nature of the pain and what brings it on or makes it better. Cont to follow up with you Doc until you get an answer. ...Read more
Laryngitis 3wks ago, Flu 2 wks ago. Lotsa phlegm stuck in throat since 3wks ago. Hospital-on nebuliser, xray shows lungs expand 2 much, pulmonologist help?
I've had difficulty breathing for 2 years. It feels like I only get my lungs half full. I've seen many specialists & no diagnosis yet. Thoughts?
Pulmonologist: Hi, which part of town? And what do u need a lung specialist for? ...Read more
Thank you doctors for all your advice regarding calcium deposits in lungs.... Saw specialist all ok with me....?
You're welcome!: Thanks for being on healthtap, and have a great day! ...Read more
Go to the ER: I think if you pain sever I would go to er if not go to your family doctor. ...Read more
I'm 23weeks Preg. & A Specialist checked my baby's heart said she has a gap but will close wen oxygen goes in the lungs is it something I should worry?
Depends: Its hard to say because I don't know if your doc is talking about the ductus arteriosis or opening in the heart. I would ask for clarification. Gap isn't really a term used regarding the heart. Some heart issues have to be addressed after birth with an echocardiogram, but a fetal echo can be done also. Ask if that is needed and again clarify what was seen and re ask your question ...Read more
I have been given a diagnosis of abnormal lymph nodes in lungs however a specialist says I can not have a biopsy until I stop coughing??? is this normal?? I have multiple auto immune diseases and have been coughing chronically for 5 weeks now
Abnormal lymph nodes: In your chest, requiring further investigations, your specialist definitely has a valid reason for his/her decision to get a biopsy and for getting your cough under control first before attempting any procedure, complex cases as yours require complex decisions and team approach, a second opinion might help, if feasible, meanwhile trust your physicians, bear with them tell you get through tough times ...Read more
Recently had pulmonary function tests that show 40% lung function. I am in search of an adult pectus excuvatum specialist.
I would suggest a visit with a pulmonary specialist to further investigate the result. The PFT can be repeated and the values confirmed. The symptoms that you are experiencing such as shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing will determine additional testing. These may include an imaging test to view the structure of the lung.
I would advise avoiding smoke. ...Read more