The Sunshine Centre for Respiratory Diseases is manned by consultants from diverse backgrounds and expertise in Pulmonology. The centre deals with all complex problems related to the upper & lower respiratory tract and offers treatment through a multidisciplinary approach. Apart from routine pulmonology, the centre offers thoracoscopy and therapeutic bronchoscopy procedures. The centre hosts a sleep lab, PFT lab, bronchoscopy suite and respiratory support unit with respiratory therapists available round-the-clock. The centre also has speciality clinics for cough, asthma, lung cancer and NIV.
Health promotion, screening/lung health checks
Dedicated breathlessness & chronic cough clinics
Lung function tests
Asthma/COPD diagnosis using up-to-date technology
Tuberculosis – contact tracing & diagnosis
Diagnosis of lung cancer
Interstitial lung disease & bronchiectasis clinics
Flexible bronchoscopy – including interventional procedures – TBNA, transbronchial lung biopsies
Medical thoracoscopy (for diagnosis and treatment of unilateral pleural effusions)
Fully equipped to manage sleep disorders
Respiratory ICU managing patients requiring non-invasive ventilation
Emergency medical care, including intercostal drain insertions
Home ventilation service (BIPAP, CPAP)
Oxygen assessment including in-flight oxygen
Areas of treatment:
Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILD)
Snoring & sleep apnoea
Insufficient gaseous exchange by the respiratory system is respiratory failure. This situation typically results in the inability to maintain arterial oxygen and/or carbon dioxide levels within the normal ranges. There may be a drop in blood oxygenation (hypoxemia) or a rise in arterial carbon dioxide levels (hypercapnia).
At Sunshine, the team begins by establishing exact reason for respiratory failure and later draws up the treatment plan based on the disease or condition. Treatment generally includes medicines, procedures and other therapies as listed below:
Snoring– is the vibration of respiratory structures during sleep that results in a sound. It is caused by obstructed air movement during breathing. The sound can be soft or loud and unpleasant.
Sleep apnoea – a sleep disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing, during sleep. Each pause in breathing, is called an apnoea, and can last from a few seconds to minutes.
Snoring is no laughing matter! It is an indication of problems with night-time breathing that may harm the snorer. Snoring can be reduced.
At Sunshine, you can avail expert help to put an end to all your snoring and sleep apnoea worries. Before proceeding with any treatment, the impact of snoring and sleep apnoeas on the quality of life of the patient and partner needs is evaluated and the immediate and long-term benefits of surgical and non-surgical treatments are compared. In addition, we also adopt contemporary psychometric techniques to offer a multidisciplinary approach to the management of snoring and sleep apnoeas.
Allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Allergic reactions occur when exposed to normally harmless substances known as allergens. The individual is said to be allergic to that particular substance. You can experience an allergic reaction if you breathe in, eat or have physical contact with the substance you are allergic to.
About 20 to 30 percent of us have a tendency to develop allergies. And allergies may be hereditary. However, not all people inherit allergies. Common allergic reactions include eczema, hives, hay fever, asthma attacks, food allergies, and reactions to the venom of stinging insects such as wasps and bees.
At Sunshine, the basic objective of our team is to get your asthma under control. And keep it that way. Our team focuses on actions you can follow to avoid allergies.
Typically, the treatment includes:
Asthma is a common disease and it affects close to 70 million in India. It generally occurs during childhood but can occur for the first time even in the old age. So what happens in Asthma? Asthma affects airways, the tubes carrying air in and out of the lungs. People suffering from asthma have sensitive airways which become irritated in some situations. The airways become narrow and sometimes produce more mucus than usual. This creates difficulty in breathing.
Asthma can run in families, but many people with asthma do not have relatives with the condition. Asthma cannot be cured! It can be controlled so that recurring attacks can be prevented. Most people with asthma who receive proper treatment (and follow medication promptly) can lead normal lives.
At Sunshine, the basic objective of our team is to get your asthma under control. And keep it that way. Our team discusses about treatment options with you and ensures you understand the procedure/approach. Great care is extended by a team of pulmonologists and nurses trained in asthma management. You are provided complete information on your condition and control measures. Regular checks are mandated to keep the condition under check.
Asthma Treatment at Sunshine includes:
Experiencing cough that refuses to go away? Most likely, it is chronic cough. Chronic cough is not a disease. In fact, it is a symptom resulting from other health disorders and is a common complaint amongst most individuals.
Common causes of chronic cough include asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinus, and esophageal reflux of stomach contents. In some rare occasions, chronic cough may also occur due to inhaling of foreign objects into the lungs, and is generally observed in children.
At Sunhine, after a comprehensive review of your medical history and physical examination thereafter, our team will decide on the tests to undergo. These tests are basically aimed at diagnosing the core cause of your chronic cough.
The occurrence of a pair of diseases of the lungs, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In COPD, the airways of the lungs become narrowed leading to restricted flow of air to and from the lungs, thereby causing shortness of breath. As compared to asthma, this airflow obstruction is poorly reversible and worsens with time.
COPD ranks among leading causes of death worldwide. Common causes of COPD include tobacco smoking that cause an abnormal inflammatory response in the lung. Also, acute exacerbations (occasional sudden worsenings of symptoms), mostly caused by infections or air pollution are typical to COPD.
At Sunhine, the team of pulmonologists considers a host of options before designing treatment for individual patients. Upon diagnosing an individual with COPD, our team works with the individual to manage the symptoms and ensure better quality of life.
Medications (such as bronchodilators and inhaled steroids)
Know when to seek emergency assistance
A few situations requiring you to act fast and get emergency assistance are listed below:
Also, it would be greatly helpful if you maintain key information – medication details, hospital, doctor’s name and contact details – within reach for immediate access during emergency.
A group of lung diseases (over 180 lung disorders) affecting the interstitium (the tissue and space around the air sacs of the lungs) is called interstitial lung disease (ILD). ILD is a term used to distinguish these diseases from obstructive airways diseases.
Common symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue and weakness, loss of appetite, loss of weight, dry cough without phlegm, discomfort in chest, laboured breathing etc.
Consult your physician for a diagnosis.
At Sunshine, after a comprehensive review of your medical history and physical examination thereafter, our team will decide on the tests to undergo.
Treatments may include:
Lung cancer is a result of uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. This kind of growth may eventually lead to metastasis, a condition where other tissues are invaded and infiltration spreads beyond lungs.
Lung cancer is found to be the commonest reason behind cancer related deaths in men and women. Shortness of breath, cough (including coughing up blood), and weight loss are some of the most common symptoms of lung cancer. Common causes include smoking, asbestos, radon gas, viruses and particulate matter.
At Sunshine, you can avail expert care to address lung cancer.
Services for lung cancer treatment include:
Pneumonia is an infection causing inflammation and excess fluid deposition in air sacs and the smaller airways of the lungs. Special white blood cells then travel to the lungs to fight off the infection. This makes it difficult for the lungs to receive oxygen from the air and pump into the bloodstream and then throughout the whole body.
Anyone can contract pneumonia. Even the young and fit! However, it is more common and usually more serious in the very young, the very old, smokers and anyone weakened by long term illness – especially if the illness interferes with the body’s normal defenses against infection.
At Sunshine, treatment for pneumonia varies depending on the cause and severity. For instance, while antibiotics are suggested for bacterial pneumonia, the same are ineffective against viral pneumonia.
Treating Infective Pneumonia
Although the treatment for infective pneumonia depends on the cause of the condition, some simple steps can help speed recovery from pneumonia:
Medications -Usually antibiotics
Bed rest (until body core temperature returns to normal)
Recovery: The extent of recovery from pneumonia depends on the type of pneumonia and the person’s general health. Most people with pneumonia recover completely,