PNEUMOLOGY DEPARTMENT HEAD Professor Louis-Jean Couderc
WHAT IS PNEUMOLOGY?
Pneumology is a medical specialisation which covers the conditions affecting the respiratory system. Specialists in pneumology are called pneumologists.
Due to its university nature, the Hôpital Foch Pneumology Department fulfils a twofold mission: treatment and education/research.
WHAT PATHOLOGIES DOES THE DEPARTMENT COVER?
The department is a reference centre for asthma, cystic fibrosis resources and competencies, pulmonary cancerology, respiratory failure, respiratory rehabilitation, lung transplants, endoscopy and functional testing.
The Hôpital Foch pneumology department receives patients suffering from all types of pulmonary and thoracic conditions, notably those with asthma or the following conditions:
CHRONIC RESPIRATORY FAILURE,
The department provides treatment for all adult patients suffering from respiratory conditions. The department's is reputed for its size and active cooperation with almost all of the Hospital's other departments, notably Cardiothoracic Surgery, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Intensive Care, Anatomical Pathology and Microbiology.
The specific medical issues raised by certain pneumological conditions and the high number of patients treated by the department have resulted in the development of specific competencies in relation to certain conditions:
Tumour-related conditions: lung cancer, mesothelioma, mediastina tumours, bronchial cancers in patients subject to immunodeficiency.
Lung transplants and cystic fibrosis
Immuno-haematological conditions: treatment of immuno-deficient patients presenting secondary respiratory complications.
The department is associated with the Simone Veil Life Sciences Faculty which constitutes the Medical Faculty of the Versailles-Saint Quentin University in Yvelines. Most of the department's practitioners also have an academic activity, as can be seen in the large number of papers published by the department.
Research: this mostly involves clinical research work combining both clinical and biological data in partnership with a number of reputed national and international laboratories.
Teaching activities for 4 types of student
Students of the Simone Veil Life Sciences Faculty
A CLOSE LOOK AT PNEUMOLOGCIAL TESTS
tests are usually performed in the two specially designed rooms located on the ground floor for easy outpatient access. Sometimes they can be performed at the hospitalised patient's bedside. Endoscopy procedures are subject to regular and strict hygiene control to ensure maximum safety.
Diagnostic bronchial endoscopy is used to collect histological, cytological and/or microbiological specimens.
A new technique combining ultrasound with endoscopy is now used to perform ganglion biopsies via the bronchial wall with ultrasound being used to first evaluate the topography of the ganglion.
Functional respiratory testing :
the department has three functional respiratory testing stations. The examination rooms are located on the fourth floor of the West wing. Functional respiratory tests are completed in the presence of a pneumologist. They are used to improve understanding of the mechanisms behind dyspnoea (shortness of breath). They are quantifiable and provide an objective means to evaluate treatment procedures.
This is recommended in association with pulmonary cancer surgery and for certain cases of severe respiratory failure. The rehabilitation centre is open to both hospital patients and outpatients.