Respiratory Medicine Conditions

Respiratory medicine generally deals with all conditions which affect the lungs and airways. It is also known as chest medicine, thoracic medicine or pulmonology.

Dr Ryan, Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, investigates, diagnoses and treats patients with all types of respiratory illnesses. In addition, as an NHS Consultant also undertaking acute general medicine, many conditions affecting other systems can be diagnosed, treated or referred on to the most appropriate specialist.

Common Presentations

Symptoms & Scenarios
  • Breathlessness
  • Chronic Cough
  • Cough with blood (haemoptysis)
  • Wheeze
  • Chest Pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Snoring with excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Recurrent chest infections
  • Abnormal chest x-ray or CT scan

Respiratory Conditions

This is not an exhaustive list but illustrates the breadth of respiratory medicine, e.g. all the conditions below could cause breathlessness.

Airway Diseases
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Pneumonia
  • Recurrent chest infection including immune deficiency
  • TB
  • Fungal diseases such as aspergillus
  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Investigation / monitoring of lung nodules
  • Secondary cancers in the lung
Pleural Diseases
  • Pleural Effusion
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pleural thickening
  • Asbestos related
Lung fibrosis and Interstitial Lung diseases (ILD)
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Asbestosis
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and other ILDs
Pulmonary Circulation
  • Pulmonary Emboli
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Allergic asthma
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
  • Various occupational exposures
Occupational lung disease
Disorders of the Diaphragm & Ventilation
  • Paralysis and paresis
  • Neuromuscular disorders