Respiratory Disorders is the term used to include disorders, diseases and conditions that affect the organs and tissues that help with breathing or respiration such as the trachea, bronchi and other nerves and muscles. These disorders could be mild infections such as common cold or more serious conditions such as lung cancer or pneumonia. Patients with respiratory disorders would have shallow or difficulty breathing.
HOW IS RESPIRATORY DISORDERS DIAGNOSED?
Respiratory disorders may be investigated by performing one or more of the following tests
• Biopsy of the lung or pleura
• Blood test
• Chest x-ray
• Computed tomography scan
• Culture of microorganisms from secretions such as sputum
• Ultrasound scanning can be useful to detect fluid such as pleural effusion
• Pulmonary function test
• Ventilation—perfusion scan
HOW IS RESPIRATORY DISORDERS TREATED?
Treatment for Respiratory Disorders is diagnosed on the basis of the root problem. For asthma patients, it include devices to help them breath better and control medications. In others, strong antibiotics are given to get the bacteria out of the respiratory tract with ample rest and healthy diet.
DID YOU KNOW?
The most common cause of illness in children in developed countries and the main cause of death of children in developing countries are diseases of the lungs and airways.