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 Pulmonary Medicine at Mediclinic Al Noor Hospital is equipped to deal with all types of breathing problems (acute and chronic) including:

  • Bronchial asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis/emphysema)
  • Pneumonias (infections)
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Occupation related respiratory diseases
  • Sleep apnoea syndrome
  • Diagnosis of lung cancer
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Chronic cough
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Haemoptysis (coughing blood)
  • Investigations
  • Chest radiograph
  • CT scan of chest (128 slice CT scanner)
  • Pulmonary function test - Spirometry
  • Polysomnography for diagnosis of sleep related breathing disorders
  • Chest ultrasound
  • Procedures
  • Tube thoracostomy for pleural effusion and pneumothorax
  • Needle thoracentesis for pleural effusion
  • Ultrasound guided needle thoracentesis/tube thoracostomy
  • Bronchoscopy: the department is equipped with a video-bronchoscope for diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopies