Examination of an internal pulmologist

The doctor of internal medicine specialists, a pulmonologist, performs a clinical examination of the patient. The review begins with a discussion with the patient (taking anamnesis) and a lung examination. It takes an average of 20-30 minutes, and if necessary longer. The review is completely painless and no special preparation is needed.

The review includes:

  • Anamnesis – talking to the patient about current problems, other illnesses (if any), previous surgeries and hospital treatments, family illnesses etc…
  • Insight into previous medical documentation (if applicable)
  • Physical examination (inspection, palpation, auscultation, tension measurement and ECG recording – optional)
  • Spirometry
  • Advice and recommendation for further treatment (if needed) and suggestion of possible additional diagnosis (X-ray, scanning …)

Physical examination includes: inspection-observation, palpation-pacing and auscultation (listening). Auscultation-listening to the work of the lungs (and heart) is done using an instrument called a stethoscope. Auscultation is one of the most important parts of the examination of an internal pulmonologist, as it represents a way of suspecting the existence of various diseases of the lungs.

Spirometry is a simple, fast and painless test that measures the volume of the air that the subject can exhale from the lungs and is the test most commonly used for breathing function testing.

X-rays of the chest (heart and lungs) is a quick and painless method that, with the help of x-rays, gives the right chest image and the structures and organs contained therein. It provides an important diagnostic method for detecting various lung diseases.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, there may be a need to carry out a review with an internal pulmonologist:

  • choking
  • difficulty breathing, lack of air, chest play
  • cough (with or without coughing)
  • coughing blood
  • pain, tightness or pressure in the chest (during breathing)
  • malnutrition, dizziness, dizziness