Tal Klatchko, D.O.

Pulmonary & Critical Care
Roper-St. Francis Hospital
Charleston, South Carolina

Archive for the ‘Pulmonary Disease index’ Category

Asbestos linked lung diseases

Asbestos linked lung diseases are diseases that develop from exposure to asbestos fibers. Asbestos is a mineral that, at one time, was widely used in many industries.
Build up of Asbestos Fibers in your lungs can lead to:

Pleural plaque – A condition in which the tissue around the lungs and diaphragm thickens and hardens. This tissue [...]


Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.
Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts in childhood. In the United States, more than 22 [...]

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

Alpha-1 antitrypsin (an-tee-TRIP-sin) deficiency, or AAT deficiency, is a condition that raises your risk for certain types of lung disease, especially if you smoke. AAT deficiency is an inherited condition. “Inherited” means it’s passed in the genes from parents to children.
Some people who have severe AAT deficiency develop emphysema (em-fi-SE-ma)—often when they’re only in their [...]


ARDS, or acute respiratory distress syndrome, is a lung condition that leads to low oxygen levels in the blood. ARDS can be life threatening. This is because your body’s organs, such as the kidneys and brain, need oxygen-rich blood to work properly.
ARDS usually occurs in people who are very ill with another disease or who [...]