Respiratory System


Pulmonology focuses on diagnosing and treating issues in the respiratory system.

The airway, lungs and respiratory muscles are the main parts of the respiratory system.

Common Conditions Pulmonologists Treat:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If you are experiencing abnormalities with your respiratory system, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Primary care providers can treat mild respiratory issues, but they may refer you to a pulmonologist if they can better diagnose and treat your condition.

Common Symptoms for Respiratory System Issues:

  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Chronic Cough
  • Coughing up Blood or Excessive Mucus
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Unable to Exercise from Breathing Problems
  • History of Smoking

Pulmonologists will perform a comprehensive examination to determine a diagnosis and identify an effective treatment plan. Pulmonologists often perform spirometry, bloodwork, chest x-rays, CT scans, bronchoscopies, and sleep studies to identify your condition. Respiratory illnesses may be treated through surgery, medications, therapies, or pulmonary rehabilitation.