Medical director: Doc. Cinchini Elisabetta
Pulmonology is the branch of medicine that deals with the functioning and pathologies affecting the respiratory system (consisting of the trachea, bronchi and lungs).
At Quisisana, an accredited private hospital, it is possible to undergo a pneumological visit in Ferrara. The first step is to exclude or treat any respiratory diseases with the right therapy.
The pneumological visit at Quisisana, for a fee and not affiliated with the National Health System, is carried out by dr. Claudio Pasquini within an excellent structure, characterized by a high selectivity in the choice of its specialists.
How is the pneumological visit carried out? It begins with the doctor's collection of a series of information relating to lifestyle, profession, diet, any sports practiced, smoking, alcohol consumption, familiarity and possible previous pathologies. Once the information has been received, the pulmonologist will proceed with auscultation of the respiratory system through the stethoscope. This will aim to identify any pathologies recognizable by the noises emitted during breathing. If deemed appropriate, the doctor may prescribe further tests such as spirometry, chest X-ray or sputum culture examination.
The duration of a pneumological visit is less than thirty minutes and there are no particular rules of preparation other than to bring with you the results of previous examinations.
At Quisisana, it is also possible to undergo:
Spirometry allows you to determine the amount of air contained in the lungs and the way it moves in the bronchi, to identify pathologies such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The examination can be performed in two ways: simple spirometry with reversibility (reversibility test with bronchodilator) is performed half an hour after administering a bronchodilator to the patient, global spirometry allows identification of restrictive deficits and can be performed with the method of gas dilution or with plethysmographic methods.
Polysomnography is reserved for those with sleep problems and consists in applying to the patient while he sleeps a particular instrument that detects and records physiological parameters such as respiration and brain activity.
The walking test, measuring the distance traveled by the patient in 6 minutes by walking quickly on a flat surface, is used to assess any functional limitation of the subject.
It is advisable to consult a pulmonologist when the following symptoms occur: difficulty breathing, persistent cough, chest pain, whistling or wheezing while breathing, fatigue, wheezing or sleep apnea.
The most frequent pathologies treated by the pulmonologist are: