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Facilities performing Pneumology

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Respiratory diseases can affect the nose, mouth, throat, windpipe or lungs. The most common respiratory conditions are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia and lung cancer. Typical symptoms suffered by patients affected by these diseases are coughing and hoarseness, a sore throat, difficulty breathing or a shortage of breath.

In addition to a full patient history, plus palpation, percussion and auscultation of the chest, a pulmonologist may order further diagnostic procedures such as an ultrasound, X-rays or CT scans. The doctor can assess lung function by means of spirometry, ascertaining the volume of air that is inhaled and exhaled. Lung scintigraphy involves using radioactive rays to image the bloodstreams and air flows. In addition, endoscopic procedures are used to examine the lung, e.g. bronchoscopy or thoracoscopy. Exacting diagnostic procedures, involving a biopsy if necessary, are essential to obtain a precise diagnosis and be able to rapidly treat the pulmonary diseases.

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Berlin – Centre of medical excellence

Berlin has a worldwide reputation for top-class medicine – boasting Europe's largest university hospital, the Charité, as well as an extensive network of first-rate research facilities and institutions. The German capital offers national and international patients the entire spectrum of modern medicine to treat any kind of medical condition. Working in accordance with German quality and service standards, more than 90 hospitals and some 9,200 doctors in general or specialist practices do their utmost every day to provide the best possible medical care. The growing number of international patients speaks volumes: Berlin can justifiably call itself Germany's “health capital”.

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