Dr. Amit Patel is co-clinical lead for Respiratory Medicine at King’s College Hospital. He also practices at Guy's and St Thomas’s Hospital. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London and also practices privately across London.
Dr. Patel will work to ensure that all appointments, tests and treatment are timely and effective.
The Respiratory System
The role of the respiratory system is to deliver oxygen to the body and to remove carbon dioxide.
Respiratory medicine is also known around the world as pulmonology, respirology, thoracic and chest medicine.
Areas of Expertise
A chronic cough is one that lasts for more than eight weeks without an apparent cause and is diagnosed by several tests including lung function tests, CT Scan and Blood tests. A visit to a specialist is recommended when the cough persists, as it may follow a recurrent and chronic course.
Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs usually caused by bacteria and viruses. Pneumonia can vary from being mild to life-threatening. Symptoms are usually those of infection including fevers, breathlessness, chest pains and cough.
Lung cancer, also known as lung carcinoma, is a malignant lung tumour characterized by uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. This growth can spread beyond the lung by the process of metastasis into nearby tissue or other parts of the body.
Sleep apnoea is the interruption of breathing that causes a decrease in oxygen levels in the body that makes it difficult for the person to have a restful sleep and causes tiredness.
There are many types of chest infection, and they are more common in the winter months. They can be caused by a virus or bacteria and symptoms include general tiredness and fatigue, coughing up phlegm, fever, wheezing, chest pain and even coughing blood. The young and the elderly are more susceptible to these diseases.
Many diseases affect the pleural space in both adults and children. Pleural diseases can be a consequence of another disease process, infection, heart failure or cancer.
Asthma is a lung disease caused by inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial mucosa. It is important to manage this condition through appropriate medical therapy. Patients suffer from cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and tiredness most often.
There are different diseases that cause respiratory failure - COPD, infection, muscle diseases, sleep apnoea, fibrosis and a spectrum of other respiratory diseases. There needs to be a thorough investigation of the cause of respiratory failure. Patients will suffer from breathlessness and other respiratory symptoms affecting their quality of life.
Sarcoidosis is a disease involving abnormal collections of inflammatory cells that form lumps known as granulomas. The disease most often affects the lungs, skin or lymph nodes. Less commonly affected are the eyes, liver, heart, and brain. Any organ, however, can be affected. The signs and symptoms depend on the organ involved.
Lung nodules are spots on the lung usually detected by CT scan. Although in most cases lung nodules are not cancerous, they must be investigated thoroughly by a Respiratory physician. They are often scars most likely related to previous infections.
Bronchiectasis is a disease where some of the airways have become irreversibly widened. It can be congenital or acquired following a wide spectrum of diseases including previous pneumonia or immune system abnormalities. Symptoms include breathlessness, chronic cough productive of sputum, coughing up blood and tiredness.
COPD is most often caused by long smoking history. There is damage to the airways leading to breathlessness, cough and sometimes mucus production.
Interstitial lung disease is often called fibrosis. There are many types and causes with the commonest being idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Patients often complain of progressive breathlessness, fatigue and cough. A thorough investigation is required to identify the type of fibrosis and the cause.
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