Lung & Chest Conditions and Treatments

The Lung & Chest team at Columbia treats a wide variety of thoracic diseases and disorders. We’ve put together educational guides to help you learn about common lung and chest conditions and treatments, to help you make informed decisions about care.

If you’d like to speak to our team about any of these conditions or treatment options, call (212) 305-3408 or request an appointment online today. 

Lung and Chest Conditions

  • ARDS – is an acute respiratory distress syndrome, a life-threatening condition involving fluid buildup in the air sacs of the lungs, causing breathing to be difficult or impossible. Read more »
  • COPD – Group of diseases that cause inflammation and thickening of the lung tissue, limiting airflow in and out of the lungs. Read more »
  • Cystic Fibrosis – A progressive genetic disease that causes inflammation of the lung membranes, leading to increased mucus secretion and persistent infections. Read more »
  • Diaphragm paralysis and weakness – A breakdown of communication between the nervous system and the diaphragm cause the diaphragm to function inefficiently or not at all. Read more »
  • Diaphragm eventration – The diaphragm is elevated to an abnormal position in the chest cavity, usually due to a muscle or nerve issue. Read more »
  • Diaphragmatic hernias – Rare birth defect where an abnormal opening in the diaphragm causes organs to move into the chest cavity. Read more »
  • Emphysema – Damaged air sacs in the lungs lose elasticity, reducing oxygen absorption and making breathing difficult. Read more »
  • GERD – Gastroesophageal reflux disease, a backup of stomach acid causes inflammation that commonly causes persistent heartburn and indigestion. Read more »
  • Hyperhidrosis – Excessive sweating in the underarms or hands and feet. Read more »
  • Interstitial Lung Disease and Pulmonary Fibrosis – a group of disorders that cause persistent scaring of the lungs, causing lung stiffness and difficulty breathing. Read more »
  • Lung Cancer – one of the most common form of cancer in the United States. It is the leading cause of death from cancer. When lung cancer is advanced, surgery in combination with chemotherapy or radiation therapy may still be curative. Read more »
  • Mesothelioma – Form of cancer that covers the mesothelium, or linings, of organs. Read more »
  • Myasthenia Gravis – Chronic condition wherein the muscles of the body tire and weaken quickly. Can affect the muscles that control respiratory function, causing breathing to be inefficient. Read more »
  • Pectus Excavatum – Condition where the sternum, or breastbone, is sunken into the chest, giving it a concave appearance. Read more »
  • Pulmonary Embolic Disease – A blockage, usually from a blood clot, prevents oxygen from reaching sections of the lung, causing shortness of breath and chest pain. Read more »
  • Pulmonary Hypertension – Abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. Read more »
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – Group of disorders that occur due to compression of blood vessels or nerves between the collarbone and rib. Read more »

Lung and Chest Treatments

For more information, call (212) 305-3408 or request an appointment online today.