Information on pulmonary diseases

The most common reasons for referring patients to the Department include prolonged coughing, shortness of breath or coughing up blood, and abnormal chest X-rays.

The most common diseases treated at the Department of Pulmonary Medicine are asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sleep apnoea and other sleep-related breathing disorders, inflammatory pulmonary diseases, lung cancer, diseases of the pulmonary tissue and pleura, and diseases causing acute or prolonged respiratory insufficiency. The Department is also responsible for evaluating the need for treatments with home oxygen and mechanical respiratory support devices, and for the launching and follow-up of such treatments.

Asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and sleep apnoea are common diseases in Finland. Responsibility for the study, treatment and follow-up of these diseases is divided by mutual agreement between the primary and specialised healthcare sectors.​