Respiratory medicine encompasses diseases of the respiratory system, including the upper airway, the lungs, the chest wall and the ventilatory control system.
Examples of such diseases are:
- Chronic cough
- Chronic bronchitis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Interstitial lung disease
- Pulmonary vascular disorders (affect the circulation of the blood through the lungs)
- Pulmonary hypertension
A specialist in Respiratory Medicine will often perform lung function testing to aid diagnosis and treat of respiratory disorders.
Other services include bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound, pleural ultrasound and intervention.