Pneumonology - Medical specialists

Whether pneumology or pulmonology - this subarea of internal medicine deals with the lungs, bronchial tubes and respiration. Pulmo is the Latin word for the lungs, the Greek word "Pneu" stands for wind, air and breath.

In fact, both terms are in common use - so there are pneumologists and pulmonologists. In any case, the corresponding specialist deals with diseases of the lungs, bronchial tubes and pleura. The spectrum ranges from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and aftercare of, among other things, asthma, chronic or chronic-obstructive bronchitis, pulmonary tuberculosis and pneumonia. This also includes pulmonary inflation - the technical term is pulmonary emphysema - and pulmonary hypertension, i.e. when the blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries is elevated.

Other diseases that require a pneumologist are pleurisy, pulmonary fibrosis, pulmonary embolism and cystic fibrosis. Even those who complain of nocturnal respiratory interruptions, i.e. who suffer from sleep apnoea, are in the right hands with this specialized internist. At the hospital and the clinic, the pneumological or pulmonological departments also evaluate other X-ray findings, because infectious or immunological lung diseases are often symptoms of other diseases.

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Pneumonology - Further information

In the search for specialists in pneumonology you will find medical experts for treatment and surgical procedures in the speciality of pneumonology. You have asthma, bronchitis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and need an experienced pneumonologist? Here you will find selected pneumonology specialists.

Specialist in pneumology/pneumonologist

A pneumonologist is a specialist in respiratory medicine and specialises in the prevention, detection and conservative treatment of respiratory diseases of the lungs, the bronchi, the mediastinum and the pleura. The best known diseases in this area are asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis and lung cancer. Also among the most frequent indications in pneumonology are chronic lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, bronchial carcinoma, lung emphysema, pleurisy, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnoea syndrome and pulmonary embolus.

In addition to professional surgical knowledge, pneumonologists also have knowledge of diagnostic procedures, as well as disease-related pre- and post-diagnostic treatment. To become a specialist in pneumonology, a physician must complete six years of postgraduate training.

Therapeutic range of services of pneumonology

The therapeutic range of services of pneumonology comprises for the most part x-rays of the lungs, computer tomography (CT) of the lungs, spirometry, lung function tests, bronchoscopy, blood gas analysis, spiroergometry, allergy testing, ultrasound of the pleura and lung, pleural puncture, lung scintigraphy and thoracoscopy.

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The Leading Medicine Guide's quality assurance is ensured by the following acceptance prerequisites.

  • At least 10 years of experience in medical treatment
  • Mastery of modern diagnostic and surgical procedures
  • Representative number of annual surgeries, treatments and therapies
  • Outstanding focus of treatment in their special field
  • Active member of a leading national medical society
  • Managerial position
  • Active participation in medical conferences, symposia etc.
  • Research and teaching
  • Reputation and recommendation
  • Quality management
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