The speciality of Chest Medicine deals with a gamut of diseases that involve the lungs, airways, mediastinum, pleura, diaphragm and the chest wall. Not only thoracic, but disorders that affect the breathing indirectly like neuromuscular disorders, sleep disorders are also part of the speciality.
The burden of chest diseases is increasing with growing urbanization, pollution and due to harmful effects of smoking. The diseases that we encounter commonly in our population for which Chest Medicine services are required are Asthma, Bronchiectasis, Tuberculosis, Pneumonias, Chest traumas, Pneumothorax, Pleural effusions, Mediastinal lymph adenopathy, Lung cancer, Sleep disorders, Allergies, and Respiratory failure due to various causes.
The department of Chest Medicine has been functional at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital since 1993. It provides all that is necessary for high quality care of patients, viz. excellent manpower resources in its consultants and post graduate residents, state-of-the-art equipment required for diagnosis and treatment of respiratory diseases, a humane approach combined with total dedication and academic activities to always remain abreast with the latest developments in the field of respiratory medicine.Research in progress
Our department is well equipped to deal with preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, emergency and rehabilitative aspects of Chest Medicine to provide quality and comprehensive care for our patients which is comparable to best in the world.
One of the major highlights is our foray in recent years into interventional pulmonology which is likely to become a super speciality in the coming future. We are proud of our setup of Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), which is the first of its kind in the country which offers both linear and radial EBUS facilities. We have performed more than 1200 EBUS procedures in the last 3 years, which is by far the highest by any centre in the country. Another highlight of the department is the dedicated Respiratory High Dependency Unit (HDU) fully equipped with invasive and non-invasive ventilators and hemodynamic monitoring.