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Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine


 
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Overview

The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine is a specialty that deals with disorders of the lungs and other vital organs of the body. The specialty can be divided into conditions that present to outpatient setting (doctor's office) or those that are more acute or critical, requiring in-patient hospital care, often in the intensive care unit setting.

Outpatient Pulmonary Disorders
Patients are seen for respiratory symptoms such as:

  • Activity intolerance
  • Allergies (seasonal or other)
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chest pain
  • Chronic interstitial lung disease or lung fibrosis
  • Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD)
  • Cough
  • Emphysema
  • Excessive weight related to respiratory complaints 
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung scarring
  • Occupational lung disease (including asbestos or coal-related respiratory problems or symptoms, or other occupational exposures)
  • Pleural disease
  • Pulmonary Alveolar Proteinosis (PAP)
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary vascular disease
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Shortness of breath (or breathlessness)
  • Sleep disorders, including snoring and/or excessive sleepiness
  • Sputum production with or without blood
  • Wheezing

Tests performed include abnormal lung function measurements or abnormal chest x-rays or other imaging.

For more information about these problems or conditions, please see our Glossary and Procedures pages.

 
Inpatient Care

All disorders seen in the Medical Intensive Care Units (MICU), including:

  • Acute lung injury often requiring artificial breathing support or mechanical ventilation or blood pressure support
  • Multi-organ failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure

We also see other hospitalized patients with respiratory issues too severe to manage in the office or at home including:

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sarcoidosis