Common Thoracic Ailments

Common Thoracic Ailments


Bronchiectasis is the condition in which the walls of the bronchial tubes in the lungs are permanently damaged and are widened. Bacteria and phlegm pool in these widened bronchial tubes, leading to frequent infections and blockages of the airways. Bronchiectasis can be caused by cystic fibrosis (genetic condition) or lung infections like tuberculosis, allergies, HIV, auto-immune conditions, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Bronchiectasis requires a multi-disciplinary approach to manage it medically. If despite medical management, the bronchiectasis is severe and confined to a specific lobe, surgical removal of that portion of the lung is performed.

Thoracic Tumors

A variety of benign and cancerous tumors can occur in the chest. They can arise from one of the visceral organs (oesophagus, the lungs), other structures in the chest (nerves, lymph nodes, thymus) and the chest walls. Successful management of these tumors requires a multi-disciplinary approach involving pulmonologists, radiologists, thoracic surgeons, spine surgeons and onco-surgeons. The doctors at GGHC are specialists at dealing with these tumors and mediastinal masses with excellent patient outcomes.

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