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Can a pulmonologist help with emphysema?

Can a pulmonologist help with emphysema?

Sure: They are experts at the evaluation and treatment of emphysema. Some also do clinical trials on newer medications which aren't yet available to the public. ...Read more

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Is a methocholine challenge test usually done in a hospital or pulmonologists office?

Is a methocholine challenge test usually done in a hospital or pulmonologists office?

Usually: Done in the Pulmonologist or doctors office which could also be. It is kind of test to induce bronchospasm in response to methacholine expected in Asthma patients when the diagnosis of Asthma is suspected. During the test an aerosol of methacholine is given. Pre and post spirometer test are down. At the end of the test you may be given a bronchodilator to assess reversibility of the bronchspasm ...Read more

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I was diagnosed on a VQ scan with bilateral air trapping and was referred to a pulmonologist. I am only 22, and I have bad pain in my chest. Causes?

I was diagnosed on a VQ scan with bilateral air trapping and was referred to a pulmonologist. I am only 22, and I have bad pain in my chest. Causes?

Mgt: I would suggest lung function testing with a DLCO and chest imaging to include a chest CT as indicated.
If you smoke, please quit smoking. Your local chapter of the ALA has more information. I would advise asking about CF, COPD, A1AT deficiency, asthma. ...Read more

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When should you see a pulmonologist?

When should you see a pulmonologist?

Depends: When you continue to have breathing problems after evaluation by your primary care physician. Also, when there are abnormalities on x-rays and ct scans. There are many other reasons, but these are the common ones. ...Read more

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Are all asthmatics supposed to a see pulmonologist?

Are all asthmatics supposed to a see pulmonologist?

No: Primary care physicians (pediatricians, internal medicine, family medicine) often see most asthma patients - they may refer to a specialist, if needed, and if the treatments tried do not help. ...Read more

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Any pulmonologist available to chat for just a second opinion? I'll pay the fee.

Any pulmonologist available to chat for just a second opinion? I'll pay the fee.

Pulmonologist: Not a pulmonologist but at pretty good Internist which is a good place to start and here till 4 AM PCT ...Read more

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Do you have a pulmonologist knowledgeable about lymphangioleiomyomatosis? Aka lam

Rare: I have seen 2. There is a lam organization. Should be seen and followed by doctor. Can be complex. ...Read more

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How could a pulmonologist help a smoker to stop smoking?

How could a pulmonologist help a smoker to stop smoking?

Options.: A Pulmonologist, or any doctor for that matter, can help by recommending techniques and strategies, sending you to neighborhood smoking cessation programs, prescribing medications and following along with you until, you achieve success. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could a pulmonologist help a smoker to stop smoking?

Can you tell me how could a pulmonologist help a smoker to stop smoking?

No specialist needed: If you have a breathing problem, seeing a doctor or lung specialist (pulmonologist) is a good idea. To quit smoking, you want to get the best treatments, but don't necessarily need a specialist. Success increases with coaching and skill-building - get it free in the U.S. Calling 800-quit now. Medications including nicotine patch/gum/lozenge help with cravings. See a doc for other rx to help. ...Read more

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I have these episodes when I cough and vomit afterwards. Should I see a pulmonologist?

I have these episodes when I cough and vomit afterwards. Should I see a pulmonologist?

Yes: Coughing followed by vomiting could be an infection (we see that with whooping cough). It could also be a sign of gastroesophageal reflux disease. I would recommend evaluation by a primary care physician and let them decide which specialist you should see. ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time after 2 lg pes and a dvt. And should I see a pulmonologist?

What is the normal recovery time after 2 lg pes and a dvt. And should I see a pulmonologist?

2-4 months, and No: Usually the clots in your lungs dissolve over a period of months. Once this has occurred, you should feel pretty normal. Recovery from DVT and the leg swelling that goes along with it is variable. Sometimes people end up with long term swelling, lasting years. Some folks have little or no swelling after...Your pmd can take care of this problem usually. Heme doc good when cause of clots unclear. ...Read more

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How accurate is treadmill oxygen desaturation test (pulmonologist)? Oxygen went from. 98 to 93.

How accurate is treadmill oxygen desaturation test (pulmonologist)? Oxygen went from. 98 to 93.

Pretty accurate: Typically the oxygen sensor on finger is pretty accurate assuming hands are warm and not cutting off circulation to probe. Also there is a +/- factor of 2% in there. Generally anything over 90% is fine anyway. ...Read more

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Pulmonologists: how comfortable are u with parents managing pneumonia at home preks? What=must go in

Pulmonologists: how comfortable are u with parents managing pneumonia at home preks? What=must go in

Depends on status: Kids with pneumonia have variable illness and many can be managed at home as a prek or younger. If they can tolerate oral medications & keep up with fluid needs they are unlikely to need oxygen, IV fluids or hospital based monitoring. Any child with low blood oxygen, dehydration, intolerance to fluids or poor access to care would likely go in. Its a call based on hx& exam, trust your doc to decide. ...Read more

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My 7 yr old is still coughing after a cold 2 weeks ago. So am I. I have asthma and I'm a smoker. Can she be seen by my pulmonologist?

My 7 yr old is still coughing after a cold 2 weeks ago. So am I. I have asthma and I'm a smoker. Can she be seen by my pulmonologist?

Start w pediatrician: After eval by pediatrician, referral to a pediatric pulmonologist may be warranted. There can be several reasons for cough to last more than 2 weeks. Some adult pulmonologists may see kids, but a pediatric specialist may be more equipped to evaluate. It also should be stressed that being a smoker or having tobacco smoke exposure can only make things worse. ...Read more

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I can hear faint whistling with exhalation is long but two doctors can't hear it with the stethoscope while I have it. One is a pulmonologist. Causes?

I can hear faint whistling with exhalation is long but two doctors can't hear it with the stethoscope while I have it. One is a pulmonologist. Causes?

Lung function test?: You need a lung function test to assess your problem since this may be from asthma even though the doctors couldn't hear anything. If lung function turns out to be normal, then a chest x-ray may be needed. ...Read more

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Should I go to my gp or pulmonologist for emphysema management?

Should I go to my gp or pulmonologist for emphysema management?

GP for routine care: It makes sense to see your gp for most things, but at least once a year see the pulmonologist for assessment and modification of your medical regimen. If you're having frequent flare ups you should see the specialist. ...Read more

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Should I see an allergist or a pulmonologist to diagnose asthma?

Should I see an allergist or a pulmonologist to diagnose asthma?

Pulmonary: A Pulmonologist deals with the Lungs, and would certainly be able to diagnose and treat asthma. Allergists may also be able to treat it, especially if the asthma has an allergic component to it, but between the two, you can not go wrong with the Pulmonologist. ...Read more

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What do pulmonologists do?

What do pulmonologists do?

Lung function: Pulmonologists are lung function specialists. This is a subset of internal medicine with extra training in lung disease. If you have breathing difficulties, some heart problems related to the lungs, asthma, chest pain and coughing with production of sputum which looks suspicious, you might need a lung doctor to sort it out. Your family doctor can refer you to a good one. ...Read more

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How to become a pulmonologist?

How to become a pulmonologist?

Fellowship: Have to have a doctor's degree, then do a 3 years residency in internal medicine and then a 103 year fellowship in pulmonary medicine. A pediatric pulmonologist needs 3 years of general pediatric training and then 3 years of pediatric pulmonology fellowship. ...Read more

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Received Pulmonologist result's, don't understand them.

Test Results: The best person to ask is the doctor who ordered the test or your PCP. MaLean appointment to have the results explained to you. Ask questions until you are comfortable that you understand and take notes. ...Read more

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What are all of the educational requirements to become a pulmonologist?

What are all of the educational requirements to become a pulmonologist?

Fellowship: Have to have a doctor's degree, then do a 3 years residency in internal medicine and then a 103 year fellowship in pulmonary medicine. A pediatric pulmonologist needs 3 years of general pediatric training and then 3 years of pediatric pulmonology fellowship. ...Read more

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I'm seeing a pulmonologist tomorrow and want to make sure he has everything from me to make the correct diagnosis. What should I bring to the appt?

I'm seeing a pulmonologist tomorrow and want to make sure he has everything from me to make the correct diagnosis. What should I bring to the appt?

See below: Good question nick, it is helpful to have any copies of previous medical records, xrays, mris, ct scans etc. You may or may not have these. He will want to know what your symptoms are, how long you have had them and will want to know about other medical conditions that you have or have had in the past. Most doctors ask their new patients to fill out a very detailed questionaire. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's the medication for bronchitis spasm. Or rather how do you manage it. What action should be taken. Plus could you refer us to any pulmonologist?

What's the medication for bronchitis spasm. Or rather how do you manage it. What action should be taken. Plus could you refer us to any pulmonologist?

Inhaler: A beta 2 agonist via inhalation is usually the treatment. A general physician can provide this care. Cannot refer in Mombasa sorry. ...Read more

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My mother is coughing 1 month, the X-ray is good, the pulmonologist says it will go away bit it's not. Why?

My mother is coughing 1 month, the X-ray is good, the pulmonologist says it will go away bit it's not. Why?

Reevaluation: A new cough going on for a whole month should be re-evaluated. If it were from an infection, it should at least have started to improve by now. If it hasn't, I think your mother should go back to the pulmonologist or even her PCP for a re-check to ensure that something else isn't brewing. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I had an URI and have been having breathing difficulty for the last two months. 24 years old and previously healthy. Should I see a pulmonologist?

I had an URI and have been having breathing difficulty for the last two months. 24 years old and previously healthy. Should I see a pulmonologist?

Met: I would suggest an evaluation with your PCP initially. If you smoke please avoid all smoke exposure. More details may be provided during an inbox consultation which may help to guide therapy. ...Read more