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Dr. R.K.Chopra  - Pulmonologist, Pune

Dr. R.K.Chopra

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MD - Medicine, MD - Pulmonary Medicine

Pulmonologist, Pune

30 Years Experience  ·  600 at clinic  ·  ₹350 online
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Dr. R.K.Chopra 89% (107 ratings) MD - Medicine, MD - Pulmonary Medicine Pulmonologist, Pune
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I'm a caring, skilled professional, dedicated to simplifying what is often a very complicated and confusing area of health care.
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I am a senior Pulmonologist( Chest physcian), and I do all interventions like bronchoscopies, lung biopsies etc. I am also DNB(respiratory medicine) teacher at Ruby hall clinic, Pune. I have many scientific publications in national and international journals. Also Fellow of American college of chest physcians( FCCP ) since 10 years, life member of European respiratory society, National college of chest physcians,Indian bronchology society andc many more. I have special interest in diseases like COPD, asthma, ILDs, Lung cancer and pulmonary embolism.

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MD - Medicine - Pune Uiversity - 1988
MD - Pulmonary Medicine - AFMC -
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Fellowship American College of Chest Physcians(FCCP).
Life Member European Respiratory Society(ERS)
Life Member National College of Chest Physcians(I)
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Life Member Indian Bronchology Society
Life Member Associations of Physcians of India(API)
Member American Thoracic Society

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5 Warning Indications You Might Be Suffering From Lung Cancer!

MD - Medicine, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Pune
5 Warning Indications You Might Be Suffering From Lung Cancer!

The sound of the word cancer can be really traumatic and the fact the one may most of the time be unaware of this condition can be hard to handle. The same is the situation in the case of lung cancer as it does not produce any remarkable signs and symptoms in its early stages. However, there are ways in which you can be aware of this life-threatening ailment. Here are some tell-tale signs of an early stage of lung cancer:

A stubborn cough:
Beware when a cough is lingering on for long with no sign of relief. When a cough is related to cold and respiratory infection, it will subside within a week or so. But in case the cough is persistent, it can be a symptom of lung cancer. You should never dismiss a stubborn cough regardless of whether it is dry or producing mucus. You should talk to a doctor right away as he can check the lungs and may order for other tests to determine whether you have cancer.

Breathing problems:
Becoming easily winded or shortness of breath is considered the most prominent symptoms of lung cancers. This may occur when cancer blocks or inhibit the airway or when the fluid from the tumor starts building up in the chest. If you find that it is becoming difficult for you to breathe in doing tasks that you found easy before, you should not ignore it.


Wheezing:
When the airways become inflamed, blocked or constricted, then the lungs would produce a wheezing and whistling sound while breathing. It can be associated with a host of other causes that are easily treatable but could also be due to lung cancer.

Headache:
Even though headaches are considered one of the most common health problems, if there is a persistent headache, then it could be a sign that lung cancer has spread to the brain. It is important to understand that all headaches are not associated with the brain metastases. There are times when the lung cancer creates pressure on the superior vena cava which is in charge of supplying blood to the upper part of the brain. This pressure can also lead to headaches.

Pain in the bone:
If the lung cancer has spread to the other parts of the body, then it may produce mild pain in the back and other parts of the body. It tends to become worse during the night when you are resting on your back. But it can be difficult for a commoner to differentiate between muscle and bone pain. In case you are suffering from bone pain, you will see that it is becoming worse with movement. Moreover, lung cancer is also associated with pain in the shoulder, neck, and arm even though it is very rare. You should be very attentive to the pain and aches in the body and consult with an expert at the earliest.

 

You can easily combat lung cancer if diagnosed and treatment is started in its early stages.

How Can Pneumonia in Children be Prevented?

MD - Medicine, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Pune
How Can Pneumonia in Children be Prevented?

Pneumonia is a serious ailment in the lungs which can affect people of all ages even though kids are most vulnerable to this. According to the estimates of the World Health Organization, over 160 million children across the globe get affected by pneumonia every year out of whom 20 million have to be hospitalized, and 2 million die.

Who is most susceptible to pneumonia?
Children who are exposed to the smoke of tobacco or have poor nutrition, asthma, high blood sugar, cold, flu, poor shelter, HIV infection and lack of proper breastfeeding are at risk. Also, if children don’t get an adequate amount of zinc in the diet, then they can get affected by pneumonia.

As the germs reach the lungs, this organ becomes infected and inflamed with a buildup of fluid. It can lead to breathing problems which can make inhibit the entrance of oxygen in the bloodstream. This prevents the cells in the body in performing their normal functions and infections cannot be flushed out of the body.

What are the common signs and symptoms of pneumonia?
The common symptoms of pneumonia include vomiting, chills, chest pain, rapid breathing and shortness of breath, chest retractions during respiration, fatigue, high temperature, nausea, muscle weakness, wheezing and coughing of green and slightly bloody mucus. It may also include unconsciousness, lethargy, convulsions and also feeding problems in infants. There is a type of pneumonia that does not show any major sign but which may interfere with daily functions is referred to as walking pneumonia.


How can pneumonia in children be prevented?
Having healthy habits and practising good hygiene is the best way to avoid pneumonia. Children must be encouraged to clean the hands frequently, coughing or sneezing into the elbow or sleeves instead of palms and to avoid interaction with people who are affected by any infection and flu. As a parent, you should provide proper nutrition to help your child have strong immunity and make sure that they get sufficient rest to ward off infection. You should not smoke in front of your kids as passive smoking is dangerous and help them stay away from pollutants.

You should ensure that your child is immunized as per prescribed schedule. Also, you should know about the warning signs of pneumonia and other ailments of the lungs which include fast breathing, frequent coughing, and difficulty in breathing to detect pneumonia in its early stages. And take them to visit the doctor as soon as you observe the signs. When it comes to an infant, you should breastfeed him/her as mother’s milk contains all the vital nutrients, hormones, antioxidants and antibodies that your child requires to ward off infections including pneumonia.

Thus, being aware you can protect your child from contracting the disease.
 

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Hi Doctor. My husband is suffering from TB in lungs and on medication from last 4 months. Please suggest can we plan for our first baby now as it's been 3.5 years of marriage.

MD - Medicine, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Pune
1. Post picture of X-ray chest. 2. Sputum AFB reports 3. Name of TB drugs. 4. Speciality of treating doctor Let him compelete 6 months of AKT.
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I am suffering with septum deviation. As a cause I am being troubled in breathing, acute bronchitis, snoring while sleeping. Nose blocking frequently. I request you to suggest me a best treatment, I am interested in getting laser treatment if it is a good option Also recommend a good ent surgeon.

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Pulmonologist, Pune
I am suffering with septum deviation. As a cause I am being troubled in breathing, acute bronchitis, snoring while sl...
1. Reduce your weight to 63-64 kg 2. Use Furamist-AZ nasal spray Twice a day in each nostril You may not require surgery.
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I have been suffering from sever sleep apnea and using cpap. Is there any treatment to avoid cpap. Another my problem is high triglycerides in between 400 to 800 as per my food intake it is all of our family history.

MD - Medicine, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Pune
I have been suffering from sever sleep apnea and using cpap. Is there any treatment to avoid cpap. Another my problem...
1.OSA is not a good thing to have 2. Get PFT and ECG also 3. CPAP or BIPAP are important treatment options 4. Reduce your weight, bring BMI down to 20.
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Kya asthma patients ke like jogging safe hai? And also taken inhaler (asthalin / budecort) during my school days but after that I stopped to take it. But now I'm 23 and when I go for jogging to isse muje breathing line Mai difficulty ati hai so muje exercise se phpe asthalin lu ki budecort ki both? I'm confused?

MD - Medicine, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Pune
Kya asthma patients ke like jogging safe hai? And also taken inhaler (asthalin / budecort) during my school days but ...
Yes you must take your inhaler before going for exercise. Best is- Take Foracort inhaler 200 2puffs in morning and 2 puffs in the evening. And avoid dust (cover your face)
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My son is 17 years old. Please suggest him some lung exercise since he is suffering from asthma from his childhood. His lung function seems to be moderate.

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Pulmonologist, Pune
My son is 17 years old. Please suggest him some lung exercise since he is suffering from asthma from his childhood. H...
1. Deep breathing exercises 2. Yoga and pranayama. 3. Avoid dust. Cover face in a dusty area. 4. Take asthma medicines daily.
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Know The Causes Of Coughing Up Blood!

MD - Medicine, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Pune
Know The Causes Of Coughing Up Blood!

A cough is probably one of the most common respiratory diseases that people suffer from. In most cases, it is nothing to worry about and can be cured with cough suppressants and salt water gargles. However, coughing of blood is a serious problem. The coughing up of blood that originates from below the level of the larynx is known as hemoptysis. This can vary in terms of severity depending on the amount of blood being expelled. This disease is a common condition, but on an average, less than 5% of hemoptysis cases are life threatening.

Hemoptysis rarely affects children. The symptoms of this condition include:
Sudden onset of a cough with bloody phlegm

  1. Fever
  2. Anorexia and weight loss
  3. Dyspnoea
  4. Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnoea
  5. Fatigue

Chest painMedical attention should be sought in cases where this condition recurs often, if it lasts for longer than a fortnight or if the volume of blood expectorated is more than 30ml per day. The various tools that help in the diagnosis of this condition are:

  • Chest radiography: This imaging modality helps lateralize bleeding and understand the amount of lung involvement. It is quick, inexpensive and can also help detect other underlying abnormalities.
  • BronchoscopyThis involves the insertions of a rigid or flexible endoscope into the bronchial passages to check the airways and determine active bleeding sites.
  • MDCT: A multidetector CT is a non-invasive imaging tool that provides a comprehensive evaluation of airways, lung parenchyma, and thoracic vessels. It can also be used to uncover potential causes of bleeding such as bronchiectasis, pulmonary infections and lung cancer. In some cases, a multidetector CT angiography may also be used.

Oral antibiotics are usually the first stage of treatment for this condition. Smokers will also be urged to quit cigarettes as this can worsen their condition. Treatment for minor hemoptysis may also include:

  1. Oral hemostatics
  2. Cough suppressants
  3. Anticoagulants
  4. Radiation of laser treatment
  5. Therapeutic bronchoscopy

In its later stages, hemoptysis can be treated with a minimally invasive procedure known as endovascular embolization or with surgery. In some cases, endovascular embolization may also be sued to stabilise the patient before surgery. This procedure reduces the pressure in the hypertrophic arterial blood vessels and decreases the risk of perioperative bleeding.

Hemoptysis is also one of the most common complaints of lung cancer patients. Depending on the stage of cancer and the amount of blood expectorated, treatment in some cases may not be possible. In such cases, a parenteral opioid and fast-acting benzodiazepine may be administered.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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What diseases is caused by mycobacterium tuberculosis complex? How it is treated what are its medicines.

MD - Medicine, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Pune
MTC is genetically isolated group of mycobacteria- 1. Mycobacteria tuberculosis 2. Mycobacteria bovis 3. Mycobacteria africanum 4 Mycobacteria croti. Mycobacteria tuberculosis is diagnosed by clinical specimens like sputum or other specimens and drug sensitivity test is done by Gene or Hains tests. Treated fr 6 months if sensitive to all antitubercular drugs and for 20 months if resistant to some drugs (MDR or XDR). Forward your reports and X-ray chest for further advise.
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Is macflox 400 guy choice for mdr Tb treatment? My doctor advice me moxifloxacin 400 one day for mdr Tb along with some other drugs is okay is it correct drug.

MD - Medicine, MD - Pulmonary Medicine
Pulmonologist, Pune
There is definite protocol of MDR treatment. Consult only senior chest physician only and no body else. To begin with 6 or more drugs including moxifloxacin is there, according to drug sensitivity report by Hains test.
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