Respiratory conditions refer to disorders of the lungs, nose, throat and other parts of the respiratory tract and diaphragm. This can range from simple conditions to potentially complex conditions requiring a multidisciplinary team of medical specialists such as trained intensive care and infectious disease specialists, thoracic surgeons and radiologists.
Respiratory conditions include:
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a life-threatening lung condition that causes dangerously low oxygen levels in the blood
Bronchiectasis, a long-term condition where the airways of the lungs become widened
Bronchitis, an infection of the main airways of the lungs (bronchi)
Diffuse parenchymal lung diseases (DPLD) related to collagen vascular disease, a group of different disorders mainly characterised by progressive scarring of the lung architecture and often resulting in respiratory failure
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that causes scarring (fibrosis) of the lungs
Interstitial lung disease, including complex and rare lung conditions, a large group of diseases that cause scarring (fibrosis) and irreversible damage to the lungs