Respiratory system procedures

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Pulmonologist – a physician specializing in diseases of the lungs. Patients needing surgery are referred to a general surgeon.

Respiratory Therapist – a specially trained technician who administers, among other treatments, inhalation therapy to patients with lung disease.

Pulmonary angiography – special X-rays of the vessels of the lungs.

Laryngoscopy – visual examination of the larynx.

Endotracheal intubation – passing a special air-tube into the trachea so oxygen can be reliably supplied directly to the lungs without risk of inhaling vomit from the stomach. Typically done for surgery or whenever general anesthesia is administered among other situations where the patient’s airway must be secured.

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