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Respiratory Medicine (Pulmonology)

The Department offers comprehensive diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and rehabilitative services in the fields of Respiratory Medicine, Sleep Medicine and allied to Critical care Medicine.

Facilities Available:
  • Daily OP Clinic
  • IP Services
    • for all respiratory ailments, including critical care services for Respiratory failure, Infections etc.
    • The facilities include fully equipped ICU with Mechanical Ventilation, Non-invasive Ventilation (NIV), patient Monitors etc.
  • Treatment of Acute and Chronic Respiratory Failure
    • Well equipped critical care unit. Appropriate guidance regarding home oxygen, home NIV for needed patients
  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy (FOB) and Associated Procedures
    • Endoscopic procedure for diagnosing tumors or other issues with the air passages, and, for taking samples for biopsy from bronchus or lung for diagnostic purposes in various pulmonary diseases.
    • Used for collecting lower respiratory samples for microbiological investigations in respiratory infections, including patients on mechanical ventilator.
  • FOB +TBNA (Trans Bronchial Needle Aspiration)
    • Bronchoscopic procedures for taking tissue samples from mediastinal lymph nodes
  • Medical Thoracoscopy/Pleuroscopy:
    • Laparoscopic procedure to visualize the pleura and taking diagnostic biopsy samples: in the cases of undiagnosed pleural effusion. Also, used to release adhesions in complicated Pleural Effusion.
  • Intercostal Drainage Tube (ICD) Insertion:
    • In acute emergencies like Pneumothorax, massive Pleural Effusion and Emphysema (pus around lungs)
  • Pleurodesis:
    • A procedure for preventing further episodes of Pneumothorax or Pleural Effusion, where indicated. Done along with ICD insertion.
  • Intrapleural Fibrinolysis: For difficult to drain complicated pleural effusion. Special medicines instilled to pleural cavity via ICD tube or cannula.
  • Spirometry:
    • A computerized pulmonary function test intended for diagnosis of airway diseases like Asthma, COPD, Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) : Used for pre-operative and pre-employment lung function assessment
  • Six Minute Walk Test (6MWT) :For analyzing exercise tolerance and functional assessment in patients with COPD, ILD etc.
  • FENO (Fraction of Nitric Oxide in exhaled air analysis) : A test to detect the airway inflammation in patients with suspected Asthma; particularly useful in children
  • Sleep Study (Level III):  To diagnose various sleep related disorders like: Sleep Apnoea Syndromes, Hypoventilation Syndrome etc. Appropriate treatment for various sleep disorders available.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation program to improve lung compliance, exercise capacity and to reduce risk for flare up.
  • For chronic respiratory ailments like COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), ILD (Interstitial Lung Disease), Chronic Asthma, Neuromuscular disease etc
  • Package for 6 weeks available
  • Smoking Cessation Clinic
  • Counseling and medication available to help Quit Smoking.
  Related Services:
  • Clinical Nutrition Therapy
  • Physiotherapy - Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  We are supported by:
  • Radiology & Imageology Centre
  • MRI Scan (1.5 Tesla)
  • CT Scanner (128 Slice)

Department Doctors

0481 272 2100 , 0481 272 9000


St. Thomas Hospital
Kurisummoodu P.O
Chethipuzha Kadavu
Changanassery, Kerala 686104

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