Guide to Thoracoscopy: Understanding the Procedure and its Applications
Guide to Thoracoscopy: Understanding th...
Thoracoscopy is the use of a flexible endoscope (thoracoscope) to visually inspect the pleural space and lung surfaces. Physicians utilize this proced...
Interstitial Lung Disease: A Silent Threat to Your Respiratory Health
Interstitial Lung Disease: A Silent Thr...
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is the single terminology used for a group of disorders that result in lung damage, make breathing difficult and impai...
Exploring the Role of Pulmonary Function Tests in Respiratory Health
Exploring the Role of Pulmonary Functio...
Pulmonary Functions tests (PFT) is a group of non-invasive diagnostic tests that evaluate how well your lungs are functioning. These tests measure var...
Visualization of the inside of Lungs – Bronchoscopy
Visualization of the inside of Lungs – ...
Both for diagnosis and sometimes for treatment of different respiratory diseases, it becomes important to visualize the inside of the lungs with non-s...
Conquering Lung Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment
Conquering Lung Cancer: A Comprehensive...
Cancer is a term used to describe a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. When cancer starts in the...
Will Sleep Apnea Cause Insomnia?
Will Sleep Apnea Cause Insomnia?
Sleep Apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by repeated interruptions in breathing during sleep. These interruptions in breathing or pauses, known a...
Cough: Causes, Preventive Measures & Diagnosis
Cough: Causes, Preventive Measures & Diagnosis
Onset of winters is a troublesome period all over India especially in the North for people of all ages - more so for the elderly, the children and the...
Use of Inhalers for Treatment of Lungs Diseases
Use of Inhalers for Treatment of Lungs Diseases
Inhalation of different aromatics, vapours and smokes had been popular since millennia as a life-style habit among people of all classes in different....
What is EBUS?
What is EBUS?
EBUS or Endo-bronchial Ultrasound is an important investigation required for the diagnosis of thoracic/ lung problems. EBUS involves the sta...
A Piece of Bone in the Lungs
A Piece of Bone in the Lungs
A 55 year old man came to our clinic with refractory cough and a nagging sensation of a prick in the middle of the chest for about 10 days. The troubl...
Asthma – Home Remedies and Other Practices
Asthma – Home Remedies and Other Practices
Bronchial asthma is a very common disease which affects at all ages – from childhood to old age. But for a type of severe asthma, the disease is...
Asthma in a Pregnant Woman
Asthma in a Pregnant Woman
Asthma is a common ailment especially in case of younger people. Unlike most other chronic diseases which do not commonly occur during the child-bea...
Covid 19 – Are We Out of the Woods? Possibly Yes, With Vaccination!
Covid 19 – Are We Out of the Woods? Pos...
The 3rd wave of COVID-19 infection due to the Corona Virus (SARS-CoV2) has significantly diminished in this country. There had been a rapid ris...
Breathing Difficulty – Breathlessness
Breathing Difficulty – Breathlessness
Breath is the essence of life. Any difficulty with breathing is fearsome. Rapid or difficult breathing following an exercise is common and non-threate...
Covid Infection Due to Omicron Variant of Covid-19 Virus
Covid Infection Due to Omicron Variant ...
  A new variant of COVID-19 virus detected first in South Africa and designated as a ‘variant of concern’ Omicron’ by the Worl...
An Introduction to Various Sleep Disorders
An Introduction to Various Sleep Disorders
A sleep disorder is defined as a condition that frequently impacts your ability to get enough quality and quantity sleep. While it’s normal to o...
Respiratory Problems Caused by the Polluted Environment
Respiratory Problems Caused by the Poll...
Respiratory system is in direct contact with the atmosphere- the air. Therefore, many respiratory problems can occur due to air pollution, although se...
Community Acquired Pneumonia
Community Acquired Pneumonia
Pneumonia is an acute infection of lung parenchyma. It is a heterogeneous entity defined on the basis of the situation in which it is diagnosed, the...
Steroids for Treatment
Steroids for Treatment
Corticosteroids, also known simply as steroids constitute an important group of drugs used for a number of diseases especially of immunological or a...
Vaccination in Adults
Vaccination in Adults
Vaccination is an effective method to prevent an infection and/ or to reduce its severity and morbidity. Vaccination involves the administration of an...
Tuberculosis – No More A Curse
Tuberculosis – No More A Curse
Tuberculosis, a disease with which both the medical personnel and the lay are quite familiar perhaps tops the list of scourges in the history of man.....
Respiratory Problems Due To Changes In The Life-Style
Respiratory Problems Due To Changes In ...
The lungs like many other organ systems also bear the brunt of the changed life style.  Whether the changes involve the food or the clothing, t...
Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)
  Interstitial lung disease (ILD) comprises of a group of several diseases of different causes but similar features. It is classified as eithe...
What is Bronchoscopy?
What is Bronchoscopy?
The lungs are host to many diseases, like tuberculosis, cancer, pneumonia, asthma, etc. In order to treat them properly, specialized diagnostic test...
ILDS in India
ILDS in India
There is a recent surge in the recognition of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in India.  Although the disease was reported off and on in the late...
COPD: An Emerging Epidemic
COPD: An Emerging Epidemic
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a disabling disorder which progressively impairs the lung functions turning an individual as a total...
End of Life Care: The Hindu Viewpoint
End of Life Care: The Hindu Viewpoint
The traditional Hindus believe in the continuity of life after death.  There is a great degree of sanctity attached to the pre-death worship, p...
Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Fibrosis
Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Fibrosis
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) comprises of a group of several diseases of different causes but similar features. It is classified as either Primary...
Asthma – You Can Win !
Asthma – You Can Win !
In ancient Indian philosophy, “Breath” (prana) is given the most important status among different functions of human body which sustain...
Pleurisy and Pleural Effusion
Pleurisy and Pleural Effusion
The lungs are covered on the outer surface by a smooth thin membrane called visceral pleura which is continuous with a similar membrane – the...
Addiction of Asthma-Inhalers?
Addiction of Asthma-Inhalers?
Inhalational drugs constitute the mainstay for treatment of asthma and other obstructive respiratory disorders such as the chronic obstructive pulmo...
Health Problems of Travel Abroad
Health Problems of Travel Abroad
There is an enormous amount of information on health problems related to travel of western tourists to the tropical countries, including to India.&nbs...
Respiratory Health: The Warning Triad
Respiratory Health: The Warning Triad
The symptoms of cough, sputum and breathlessness, either alone or in combinations are almost “normally” present in milder forms. It is n...
What all is there in the Chest?
What all is there in the Chest?
In medical terminology, the chest (or the thorax) comprises of a bony-cage which contains the two lungs, the heart along with the other structures in...
COPD – A Disease to Reckon With
COPD – A Disease to Reckon With
COPD, an abbreviation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease might sound as an odd name to most of the readers of this article.  Yet it is a...
Pneumothorax – Air in the Pleural Cavity
Pneumothorax – Air in the Pleural Cavity
The lungs are covered on the outer surface by a smooth thin membrane called visceral pleura which is continuous with a similar membrane – the pa...
Lung Cancer in India
Lung Cancer in India
Lung cancer, which now in India is recognized as a major type of common and fatal cancers, was described as ‘rare’ to “extremely i...
How to Handle Chronic Diseases
How to Handle Chronic Diseases
Diagnosis of a chronic disease is the first and almost an inevitable shock which one receives during the adult life. There is a stage of doubt and d...
Changing Scenario of Sarcoidosis in India
Changing Scenario of Sarcoidosis in India
There has been a rapid change in recognition and spectrum of sarcoidosis in India in the last decade. This was considered a rare disease almost till...
Snoring, Sleep and Breathing
Snoring, Sleep and Breathing
Snoring is conceptually identified with deep sleep, even though we know that sleep need not be associated with snoring. Sleep is blissful but snorin...
Summary Guidelines for Dengue Fever
Summary Guidelines for Dengue Fever
The Indian Medical Association has released dengue guidelines and has asked citizens not to panic. Some of the important points to note are listed b...
Patients’ Guide to ILDS
Patients’ Guide to ILDS
Interstitial lung disease (ILD) comprises of a group of several diseases of different causes but similar features. It is classified as either Primar...
Smoking
Smoking
Absence of evidence is not an evidence of absence” is a dictum which any rational individual always need to keep in mind. Presumably therefore,...
Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis
Extrapulmonary Tuberculosis
Whenever I suggest the diagnosis of tuberculosis in an individual with a swelling in the neck, I face the immediate retort- “I do not have cough...
Air in the Pleural Cavity – Pneumothorax
Air in the Pleural Cavity – Pneumothorax
Air is normally present in the lungs. On the other hand, the pleural cavities on the two sides (Right and left) formed by the two pleural membranes on...
Lung Dialysis
Lung Dialysis
Some things are beyond belief, though clearly plausible – as the following example illustrates.A male patient in the US suffering from cystic...
More than Meets the Eye
More than Meets the Eye
‘There is more to this than meets the eye.’ I used to think that this was just a turn of phrase; however, after joining a medical career...
Withdrawal of Life Supports?
Withdrawal of Life Supports?
Life Prolonging Treatment : The Right to Refuse? (Legal and Ethical considerations) In medical parlance, a life prolonging treatment refers to all...
The Use and Abuse of Corticosteroids
The Use and Abuse of Corticosteroids
Corticosteroids sometimes referred to simply as ‘steroids’, form a large groups of drugs with a common chemical structure.  They po...
Sarcoidosis
Sarcoidosis
Sarcoidosis is a relatively uncommon disease which in India, has been more commonly diagnosed in the last few years.  Unlike diseases such as a...
Story of a Sesamoid
Story of a Sesamoid
  The year was 2003.I had finished my internship and was trying to psych myself for the dreaded entrance exams to MD courses. Needless...
Respiratory Problems Due to Changes in The Life-Style
Respiratory Problems Due to Changes in ...
The lungs like many other organ systems also bear the brunt of the changed life style.  Whether the changes involve the food or the clothing, t...
Approaching the Unapproachable Areas in the Chest
Approaching the Unapproachable Areas in the Chest
Endoscopic examination now available for more than 3-4 decades, has made it possible to visualize the organs such as the stomach, the colon and othe...
Why Quit Smoking?
Why Quit Smoking?
Every year the world celebrates May 31st as a No Tobacco Day.  The campaign against tobacco largely owes its origin to the first official re...
Medical Encounters: True Stories of Patients – Memoirs of A Physician
Medical Encounters: True Stories of Pat...
IntroductionThe book, meant for general reading chronicles the stories of some of the patients seen by the author during a career of about half a cent...
Bronchial Asthma What all to Know?
Bronchial Asthma What all to Know?
Asthma is a condition characterized by recurrent episodes of cough, breathlessness, wheezing and phlegm. There is inflammation and narrowing of airway...
Resurgence of Covid-19 A Genuine Concern for 2023
Resurgence of Covid-19 A Genuine Concern for 2023
  Fanned by news-reports on the TV, press and social media, there is a wide-spread concern about COVID-19 resurgence includi...
Inhalational Treatment
Inhalational Treatment
  Even though the history of modern day inhalers is relatively recent, human beings are known to use inhalation of smokes of herbal drugs fo...
Addiction of Asthma-Inhalers?
Addiction of Asthma-Inhalers?
  Inhalational drugs constitute the mainstay for treatment of asthma and other obstructive respiratory disorders such as the chronic obstruc...
Patient’s Partnership in Disease Management
Patient’s Partnership in Disease Management
  Patient’s Partnership in Disease Management There is no better example of mutual trust and belief in a relationship than that betwe...
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