Pulmoallergology

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The Department of pulmo/allergology applies the latest methods in the diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases.

Multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of the most complex lung diseases is another proof of professionalism in delivering high-quality health care services to our patients.

Allergy-Asthma

Allergies of every kind are becoming increasingly common in our country. Allergic reactions include a broad range of signs and symptoms, starting from sneezing to asthma. In addition to setting a prompt diagnosis of bronchial asthma, phenotypization is additionally performed (necessary for an adequate therapeutic approach). Our clinic performs: respiratory function tests, allergy skin tests, bronchodilator testing and bronchoprovocation testing. These tests are necessary in order to identify the cause and severity of allergic diseases and to further suggest appropriate treatment.

• Skin and blood testing for diagnostic purposes
Diagnosis set by skin testing involves the use of allergens—substances that provoke an allergic response. Allergy skin tests are simple, quick and a relatively safe in identifying the cause of the allergy. In addition, we offer blood testing for allergies: RAST or ELISA lab testing methods. Even when the skin and blood tests are positive the final diagnosis is set by the allergist, since a positive allergy test does not necessarily mean that the person is indeed allergic to the substance. It can also indicate hypersensitivity.

• Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy is an allergen-specific treatment that partially or totally reduces the allergy symptoms for a specific time period. Immunotherapy does not alter the defense system to other diseases. This treatment prevents getting bronchial asthma, despite having allergic rhinitis.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

This respiratory disease usually occurs after years of smoking and always goes in hand with other diseases. Our hospital provides an opportunity for early diagnosis of COPD, and treatment by a multidisciplinary team of medical specialists. A treatment is provided in order to slow down the deterioration of the lungs, while the patient is monitored in order to reduce the mortality risk. The Department of pulmo-allergology treats respiratory failure as a final stage of COPD and end-stage COPD patients with non invasive ventilation. We educate patients on changing their lifestyle and start rehabilitation at home.

Bronchology

Specialists experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of lung and mediastinal tumors work at "Acibadem Sistina". At our hospital, in the shortest time period, a diagnosis of all pulmonary diseases is set, due to immediate availability of a team of renowned radiologists, pulmo-allergists and thoracic surgeons. "Acibadem Sistina" offers advanced bronchoscopy for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, with a possibility of endoscopic desobstruction due to malignant or benign tracheobronchial stenosis, in addition to stent placement. The patient's physiological status is constantly monitored and assistance by an anesthesiologist is provided.

Pleural diseases

"Acibadem Sistina" offers an opportunity to provide complete diagnosis and treatment of all mediastinal and pleural disorders. The hospital offers a possibility of interventional procedures under ultrasound guidance, such as:

• Blind pleural biopsy
• Fine-needle and punch biopsy in histological diagnosis
• Talc administration using thoracoscopy

Ultrasound of pleura except for diagnostic purposes is additionally beneficial when monitoring the treatment results.

Pulmoallergology in Acıbadem