PNEUMOLOGY

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:

 

  • BRONCHO-PULMONARY CANCERS,
  • CHRONIC RESPIRATORY FAILURE,
  • PULMONARY INFECTIONS,
  • THROMBO-EMBOLIC CONDITIONS.

TREATMENT ACTIVITY

 

 

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.
  • Asthma and bronchiolitis
  • Pneumological emergencies: obstructive chronic respiratory failure escalation, infectious lung disease, asthma attack, haemoptysis, pulmonary embolism.

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

 

 

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
  • Specialist interns
  • Pneumologists
  • General practitioners

A CLOSE LOOK AT PNEUMOLOGCIAL TESTS

Bronchial endoscopy:

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.

Respiratory rehabilitation:

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.

USEFUL INFORMATION

 

Partner associations based in the Patient/Visitor Centre.

 

 

The pneumology department is located on the 4th floor of the main building (Blue Sector).

 

 

 

Consultation hours

 

Pneumology consultations are possible on working days throughout the year. There are 7 consultation offices on the ground floor.

Aside from the Pneumology consultations for the more common pneumological conditions, themed consultations are also organised for the continuation of treatment in an outpatient context:

 

  • pulmonary oncology, with an announcement consultation associated with a nursing consultation;
  • cystic fibrosis;
  • lung transplants for pre and post-transplant assessments;
  • l’immuno-haematology for stem-cell allotransplant patients suffering from primary immunodeficiency;
  • infectiology mycobacteria respiratory infections;
  • respiratory problems associated with sleep;
  • industrial respiratory diseases.

 

To make an appointment

Appointments should be made by telephone: 01 46 25 25 25