Medical respiratory specialists specialise in the diagnoses, treatment, assessment, and prevention of conditions and diseases related to the respiratory system. The respiratory system relates to the network of organs and tissues that help you breathe, diseases, infections, and allergies all work to limit our respiratory system’s capacity to function properly. Medical specialists who work with the respiratory system are referred to as pulmonologists. Pulmonologists hold a number of responsibilities and oversee the diagnosis and treatment of numerous diseases; these diseases may include:

• cancer

• tuberculosis, or TB (a bacterial lung disease)

• cystic fibrosis (an inherited condition that causes a sticky section that can affect the airways often causing infection)

• interstitial lung disease (scarring of the lung tissue between and supporting the air sacs)

• chronic cough

• sleep disorders relating to breathing, eg obstructive sleep apnoea

• pulmonary vascular disorders (affecting the blood circulation of the lungs)

In reaching their medical conclusions, pulmonologists often use procedures such as spirometry’s, bloodwork, chest X-rays, CT scans, bronchoscopies and sleep studies to diagnose chronic lung disease. 

Pulmonologists are specially trained medical practitioners who would hold the appropriate medical credentials, residency experience, and practical experience within their field of specialisation. The specific specialisation and background needed by your pulmonologist will be determined by the matter which requires examination.

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Pulmonologists would be able to assess, diagnose and treat those with respiratory diseases. They would be able to comment upon the efficacy of prior diagnoses to examine any potential that may have existed of there being negligence or malpractice. The would be able to causally correlate potential work place environments in cases related to mesothelioma and other cases of a similar nature. Pulmonologists would also be able to comment on industry best practice which would allow the courts to examine whether certain doctors utilised the correct methodologies in reaching their conclusions.

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Relevant Articles ‘We are stretched to breaking point’: Pulmonologist warns about the dire state of Mississippi hospitals

As COVID-19 remains a pressing issue, pulmonologists are warning governments that the extent to which hospitals can accommodate incoming patients is running low.

Pediatric Pulmonologists Say Kids Should Mask Up

Pulmonologists have spoken out against campaigns which actively seek to disallow children to wear masks.

Relevant Cases PF (Parent) [2019] NZIPT 205329 (9 May 2019)

This matter, brought before a New Zealand Immigration and Protection Tribunal, details a pulmonologist report and the applicants’ declining respiratory help as contributory factors as to why he should be able to be granted asylum.

Ganassin v Ulan Coal Mines Limited [2020] NSWDC 652 (27 October 2020)

case of work injury damages relied frequently to the applicants’ respiratory health in assessing whether work place damages should be payed by Ulan Coal Mines Ltd.

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