Pulmonologists specialize in diseases of the lungs and respiratory system and commonly evaluate patients with persistent coughing, difficulty breathing, abnormal chest x-rays and chest pain. Pulmonologists commonly treat patients with emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), asthma, interstitial pneumonia, sarcoidosis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Pulmonologists are also specialists in treating environmentally related pulmonary diseases such as asbestosis, silicosis and coal workers pnuemoconiosis.
Critical Care Medicine
Respiratory failure, shock, and overwhelming infections (sepsis)…
Critical Care Physicians monitor and treat patients with respiratory failure, shock, and overwhelming infections (sepsis) in an intensive care unit. Critical Care Physicians specialize in using mechanical ventilators and hemodynamic monitoring equipment such as swan-ganz catheters, central venous pressure monitors and end-tidal carbon dioxide monitors.
All disturbances of sleep and daytime sleepiness disorders…
Sleep Medicine Physicians evaluate patients for all disturbances of sleep and daytime sleepiness disorders may include obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movement disorder, insomnia, REM behavior disorders and parasomnias (sleep walking).