Tal Klatchko, D.O.

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

Pulmonary Medicine

Pulmonary medicine is a subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the respiratory tract.

A pulmonologist has expertise in the evaluation of patients with breathlessness, cough, wheezing, and chest tightness, as well as abnormalities of the chest x-ray, chest CT scan and other chest imaging studies. Disorders frequently diagnosed and managed by a pulmonologist include:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Chronic respiratory failure
  • Collapsed lung (pneumothorax)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Drug-induced lung disease
  • Emphysema
  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Occupational lung disease
  • Pleural effusion
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary nodules
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disordered breathing
  • Tuberculosis
  • and many moreā€¦

Some patients may require diagnostic tests which may be performed in the office or at other locations.

Office services:

  • Oximetry
  • Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs)
  • Six Minute Walk Test
Off-site services &

  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
  • Endobronchial Ultrasound
  • Thoracentesis
  • Chest tube placement
  • Exercise physiology
  • Sleep studies
  • Right heart catherization
  • Chest x-ray
  • Chest CAT(CT) scan
  • PET scan
  • VQ scan