General Pulmonology Conditions We Treat
Our fellowship-trained doctors deliver the highest level of lung disease care. We successfully treat common lung infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis. Our expertise also includes caring for people with rare forms of lung disease, including bronchiectasis.
Treatments include medications for symptom relief and monitoring to ensure your symptoms don’t get worse.
Lung Disease and Lung Infection Care
At Cedars-Sinai, we provide care that gives you the best chances for good results. We offer treatment for:
- Skilled physicians: You receive care from lung disease specialists (pulmonologists) who completed extra training through fellowships. This training enables them to perform in-depth evaluations, so you receive an accurate diagnosis.
- Lung disease expertise: We successfully treat common but serious problems, including pneumonia, bronchitis and other lung infections. Local doctors often refer patients to us for rare and hard-to-treat problems.
- Support for lung transplant candidates: We help people with organ failure prepare for organ transplant surgery. One way is through lung evaluations that check lung health and show whether you need treatments to improve lung function before getting a transplant. Learn more about our comprehensive transplant center.
Specialized Care for Rare Lung Diseases
Rare lung diseases affect fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. These conditions can be challenging to treat because there are fewer research studies to help inform new treatments.
But experts at Cedars-Sinai are looking to fill this gap. Our researchers are exploring new care methods for conditions such as lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (PAP). We also have a physician-immunologist who evaluates and treats immunological diseases, such as Hyper-IgE syndrome, and their effects on the lungs.
Rare lung diseases we treat include:
Chronic lung infections happen when your symptoms continue for a long period of time or come back after finishing antibiotics. Some common health problems, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), may increase your risk for developing a chronic lung infection. People who have weak immune systems from organ transplant surgery or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may also face a higher risk.
In some cases, complex infections like mycobacterium avium complex may not respond to standard antibiotics. Our goal is to help you get rid of the infection once and for all. We may prescribe a combination of medications or work with Cedars-Sinai's infectious disease experts to tailor your care plan.
This condition happens when the walls of your airways become abnormally thick, making it difficult to clear mucus. When this happens, you are more likely to experience lung infections.
Our pulmonologists specialize in detecting subtle signs of bronchiectasis that can be easy to miss. Their expertise allows you to start treatment sooner, which helps you avoid complications. Your care may include medications and special devices to help you clear mucus.
Other forms of lung disease and lung infection we treat include:
- Acute bronchitis, when a chest cold or other sudden illness causes inflammation in your airways
- Chronic bronchitis, long-lasting inflammation in the airways that is more common in people who smoke cigarettes
- Occupational lung diseases, which happen when breathing certain chemicals in the workplace cause lung conditions, including asthma and black lung disease
- Pleurisy, swelling in the tissue lining your chest and lungs (pleura)
- Pneumonia, a lung infection that causes the tiny air sacs within the lungs to fill with fluid or pus
- Pneumothorax, when air from the lungs leaks into other areas of the chest
- Tracheomalacia, a rare condition in which the tissue of your windpipe (trachea) becomes weak and may temporarily collapse