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Advanced & Super Specialized in Pulmonology

At Chettinad Superspeciality Hospital, the Department of Pulmonology is a well-equipped super speciality department with doctors who were life savers during this COVID-19 pandemic. It consists of well-experienced & dedicated consultants who diagnose and treat diseases of the respiratory system. They manage all kinds of lung problems like Asthma, COPD, Bronchiectasis, Pneumonia, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, Extra Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Interstitial Lung Diseases, Lung Cancer, Sleep-related breathing disorders like Snoring, Sleep apnoea and pleural diseases like Pleural Effusion and Pneumothorax. We have a fully equipped intensive care to attend to all types of respiratory emergencies. The cardiothoracic team of Chettinad with its perfusionists is available 24x7 in house to handle any types of surgical emergency. We are also a centre for heart-lung transplant .

Advanced & Super Specialized in Pulmonology

Advanced & Specialised Surgeries

Pulmonology Treatments

Why Chettinad for your Lung treatment?

Why Chettinad for your Pulmonary Care?

Why Chettinad for your Pulmonary Care?

Chettinad Super Speciality is the best center for treating both acute and chronic lung disease due to the presence of a highly skilled and experienced multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals who specialize in respiratory medicine, including pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, cardiothoracic team, perfusionists, and nurses. Chettinad Super Speciality Hospital also has access to the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies, such as pulmonary function tests, chest imaging, sleep study and oxygen therapy. Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) like chronic bronchitis and emphysema are cared for to prevent exacerbations. CSSH offers 24 x 7 best care to our patients in treating all kinds of respiratory problems with our fully equipped ICU, medical facility and laboratory services.
Specialised Facilities

Specialised Facilities

At Chettinad Super Speciality hospitals, the availability of Specialised Infrastructure, Equipment and Personnel makes it the tertiary care referral centre for all lung diseases.

The state-of-the-art

  • Bronchoscopy suite
  • PFT LAB – Spirometry
  • DLco
  • 6MWT
  • ISWT
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation etc and
  • Specialised ICU headed by senior pulmonologist
    makes it the destination for healing all critical lung diseases.

Pulmonology Treatments & Procedures


Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the airways in the lungs. The airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. If you have asthma airways narrow and swell and may produce extra mucus which makes breathing difficult and trigger coughing, a whistling sound (wheezing) when you breathe out and shortness of breath. There is no cure for asthma but with proper management, asthma patients can also live a normal, healthy life.


Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease caused by bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) that most often affect the lungs. TB can affect any organ in the body. 4S - (Cough for > 2 weeks, persistent fever for > 2 weeks, significant weight loss, night sweats) with history of contact with TB case should be offered TB diagnostic tests (Sputum and Radiology) to diagnose and treat at the earliest. Inadequate and Improper management leads to emergence of multi-drug resistance (MDR) tuberculoisis. MDR TB is a serious condition that needs long treatment duration with multiple drugs.

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

ILD or DPLD (Diffuse parenchymal lung disease) - large group of diseases that cause inflammation and scarring in your lungs. It comprises more than 200 conditions. The most common causes are idiopathic, connective tissue diseases, Sarcoidosis, Hypersenstivity reactions, drug induced and genetic conditions. The most common symptom of all ILDs is shortness of breath, dry cough, chest discomfort, fatigue and occasionally weight loss. Novel radiology services helps in detecting the ILD at the initial stage and start treatment to prevent the complications. Newer drugs are available to slow down the ongoing fibrosis in Progressive Fibrosing ILD (PF-ILD).

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in both men and women. Smoking is the most important risk factor for lung cancer. The USPSTF recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults aged 50 to 80 years who have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Common symptoms are chronic cough, chest pain, coughing blood, weight loss. Imaging tests, such as a chest x-ray or chest CT scan with Transthoracic or endobronchial biopsy of the lung will help to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will depend on which type of lung cancer, how far it has spread(STAGE), your overall health, and other factors.

Sleep Related Breathing Disorder

Sleep-related breathing disorders are conditions of abnormal and difficult respiration during sleep, including chronic snoring and sleep apnea. The spectrum ranges from normal breathing, occasional snoring, regular snoring, UARS, mild, moderate and severe sleep apnoea. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most common and serious sleep-related breathing disorders is likely underdiagnosed but its prevalence will increase in the future along with growing rates of obesity, which is one of the major risk factor. Sleep study will help to identify this problem and to start appropriate treatment to prevent future complications.

COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic disease that is often preventable and treatable. About 85 to 90 percent of all COPD cases are caused by cigarette smoking. Air pollution, second hand smoke and dust, fumes and chemicals (which are often work-related) and genetic condition can also cause COPD.


Chettinad Super Speciality Consultants

Dr. N. Sekar


Dr. N. Sekar


Expertise in

  • Balance Exercises
  • Chest Disease Treatment
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Pleurisy
  • Pneumonia Treatment
  • Lower/Upper Respiratory Tract Infections
  • Bronchial Asthma Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions:

    Many people have a misconception that inhalers are addictive.  The fact is that just like brushing your teeth, taking Asthma medicine is not habit-forming but essential. Inhalers are not addictive but it is a good habit to keep control over asthma and use your inhalers as prescribed by your doctor.

    Yes, lung cancer can occur in never-smokers also, environmental exposures such as asbestos, Environmental tobacco smoke and genetic susceptibility can increase the risk.

    • Avoid or minimize the exposure to trigger agents (dust, chemicals, cold weather, pollen, fruits)
    • Regular use of asthma medications
    • Periodic follow up and asses the control of Asthma using PEF (Peak Expiratory Flow) monitoring

    Obese patients with snoring, nocturnal choking sensations and excessive daytime sleepiness have to consult the pulmonologist to rule out sleep apnea.

    Sleep apnea is an under diagnosed disease in the community with fatal complications if not treated.

    Sleep testing will help to confirm the disease.

    TB is a curable disease if diagnose and treat the patient at the earliest Appropriate drugs,

    Appropriate dose and Appropriate duration are the main factors for the successful outcome of TB

    In some respiratory conditions, Oxygen level is always below normal, in those patients, oxygen level in ABG (Arterial Blood gas) analysis is less than 55, then they can benefitted by treating with Home Oxygen(LTOT) .

    Recurrent pneumonia is most common in certain conditions. For eligible patients, administering pneumococcal and flu vaccination as per recommended schedule will definitely help to avoid the risk of acquiring pneumonia.