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A pulmonologist is a medical doctor who specializes in treating disorders related to the lungs and respiratory system.
He or she analyzes diagnostic tests, researches symptoms, consults with other professionals, and administers appropriate treatments. This professional is skilled in helping patients with chronic conditions, such as asthma, as well as acute complications of respiratory failure. Pulmonologists may work in many different settings, including general hospitals,
emergency care centers, and private practices. Since the lungs are such complex and delicate organs, this doctor is required to spend several years in medical school and residency programs to gain expertise in the subject.

When seeing a patient with a chronic condition, the pulmonologist first identifies physical symptoms through a careful physical examination. He or she might use a stethoscope to listen to the lungs, a bronchoscope to see inside the airways, or a spirometer to measure lung capacity. After identifying symptoms, the doctor may decide to perform blood tests of diagnostic imaging scans to make a differential diagnosis. By investigating possibilities and keeping careful records of tests performed,
he or she can usually determine the exact causes of a patient’s problems. Call 254.690.0900 to connect with a pulmonologist today!

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