The respiratory system is made up of the organs in the body that help you to breathe. The goal of breathing is to deliver oxygen and to take away carbon dioxide from the body. The respiratory system includes the lungs, trachea, bronchi and diaphragm, which is the dome shaped muscle at the bottom of the lungs.

Damage to the respiratory system occurs due to multiple factors such as infection, pollution, allergy or smoking.

The Department of Respiratory  Medicine at Mediclinic Airport Road  Hospital is equipped to deal with all types of breathing problems (acute and chronic) including:

  • Acute cough
  • Allergic airway diseases
  • Chronic cough
  • Breathlessness
  • Asthma and wheezing
  • COPD, chronic bronchitis and emphysema
  • Snoring and breathing cessation
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Haemoptysis - coughing up blood
  • Respiratory infections
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary vascular diseases
  • Lung diseases:
    • Pneumonia
    • Bronchiectasis
    • Connective tissue disease related lung diseases
    • Lung cancer
    • Lung fibrosis
    • Sarcoidosis
  • Pleural diseases
  • Smoking-related diseases

Respiratory tests and procedures

  • Sleep study (Polysomnography)
  • Initiation and maintenance of non-invasive ventilation (CPAP and  BiPAP)
  • Spirometry with reversibility
  • Allergy skin prick tests
  • Diagnostic bronchoscopy:
    • Bronchoscopy with bronchial washings
    • Bronchoscopy with bronchial brushings
    • Bronchoscopy with bronchial biopsies
  • Comprehensive lung function tests