Diagnosis - Respiratory Disorders

Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is the most frequent type of interstitial lung disease. Sarcoidosis attacks the whole body, focusing on the lungs, eyes, skin and organs. It is characterized by inflamed, microscopic growths called granulomas, most often found in the lungs. Sarcoidosis can cause redness in the eyes, shortness of breath, bumps on the skin, fatigue, fever and general pain caused by contact to light.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Zehlendorf

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Zehlendorf

    With 554 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Zehlendorf is the largest hospital in the south west of Berlin. Its medical focus is on, orthopedics, pediatric surgery and pneumology, pneumology, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, general and visceral surgery.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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Pneumothorax

Pneumothorax, or collapsed lung, is a medical emergency which occurs when air enters the space between the lungs and the inner wall of the thorax.  This causes the lung to collapse in upon itself - either partially or completely - due to its elastic properties.  Pneumothorax may arise following a puncturing injury to the chest wall, as a result of lung disease or injury, following a medical procedure involving the lungs or spontaneously for no obvious reason.  Symptoms often include sudden shortness of breath, a dry cough and pain in the chest or back.  A minor pneumothorax may heal without treatment however in many cases; the excess air must be slowly removed through a tube that is inserted between the ribs.

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Hospitals

  • HELIOS Hospital Berlin Zehlendorf

    HELIOS Hospital Berlin Zehlendorf

    With 554 beds, the HELIOS Hospital Zehlendorf is the largest hospital in the south west of Berlin. Its medical focus is on, orthopedics, pediatric surgery and pneumology, pneumology, plastic surgery, thoracic surgery, general and visceral surgery.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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Pulmonary edema

Pulmonary edema is a condition whereby excess fluid accumulates in the lungs, making it then difficult to breathe properly. Generally, pulmonary edema is caused by heart problems but other causes include pneumonia and certain medications or toxins. In acute cases of pulmonary edema, immediate medical attention is required. Prompt treatment of both the pulmonary edema and the underlying complaint are tantamount to successful treatment of pulmonary edema, an illness which can otherwise be fatal.  

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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Pulmonary fibrosis

Pulmonary fibrosis is a serious disorder characterised by progressive scarring (fibrosis) of the lung tissue.  As the healthy lung tissue is replaced with scar tissue, the lungs’ ability to transport oxygen to the blood becomes increasingly impaired in cases of pulmonary fibrosis and the lungs become stiff, making breathing more difficult.  Common symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis include shortness of breath, a dry cough, fatigue, chest discomfort and weight/appetite loss.  There is thought to be a genetic predisposition in people who develop pulmonary fibrosis and it is also believed that microscopic lung injuries are responsible for the scarring that arises.  Although there is currently no cure for pulmonary fibrosis, therapy is available that targets the symptoms.  Treatment involves medications, oxygen therapy and physical therapy.  In some cases of pulmonary fibrosis, a lung transplant may also be an option.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension affects the blood vessels of the lungs and the right side of the heart. Pulmonary hypertension is caused when the tiny blood vessels of the lungs become narrowed, blocked or destroyed completely.  This makes blood flow through the lungs more difficult, resulting in increased blood pressure in both the blood vessels of the lungs and those that deliver blood from the lower right chamber of the heart to the lungs. Because the lower right chamber of the heart has to work harder to pump against this increased pressure, the heart muscle on the right side eventually becomes weaker and can fail altogether. Pulmonary hypertension can be a severe disease and without treatment it becomes progressively worse, sometimes ending in death.  However, many treatments for pulmonary hypertension are available that help to reduce symptoms, improve quality of life and improve prognosis. 

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Hospitals

  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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