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Department of Pulmonology and Sleep Disorders

The department of pulmonology at Continental Hospitals offers excellence in treatment & care for all ailments & disorders associated with the lungs. We are one of the best hospitals in India for all types of lung diseases, offering superior patient care & excellent patient outcomes. Continental Hospitals has an excellent team of pulmonary consultants and surgeons to deliver world-class pulmonological care.

Our team of compassionate and dedicated nurses, state-of-the-art infrastructure, advanced operation theaters and excellent post-operative care makes Continental one of the best pulmonology hospitals in Hyderabad.

In addition to the excellent treatment facilities, Continental Hospitals remains steadfastly committed to prevention of lung diseases. With increased particulate matter in the air, pollution etc., we are all increasingly susceptible to various types of lung disorders. At Continental Hospitals, it remains our foremost endeavor to help you prevent and/or delay the onset of lung diseases as much as possible.

Diseases & Conditions

Department of pulmonology at Continental Hospitals provides excellent treatment & care for a wide array of lung disorders as listed below:

  • Asthma – A common breathing disorder wherein the airway narrows causing difficulty in breathing. This is caused by either environmental or genetic factors and is often trigged or exacerbated by increased pollution, excessive physical activity, cold weather, emotional distress, and others.
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia – This is a similar condition to chronic pulmonary disorder and typically affects neonates. New born children who have been placed on breathing support following a premature birth remain at the risk of developing this condition, leading to severe lung infection.
  • Chronic Bronchitis – A persistent cough that lasts over three weeks can be categorized as chronic bronchitis. Bronchitis is caused by the infection and inflammation of the inner lining of the bronchial tubes. Shortness of breath and chest discomfort are the common symptoms associated with chronic bronchitis.
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder – COPD is an inflammatory disorder of the lungs leading to the obstruction of airflow to and from the lungs. Common symptoms associated with COPD include – wheezing, mucus, difficulty in breathing and persistent cough.
  • Cystic Fibrosis – Cystic fibrosis is a genetic lung disorder that affects the mucus-producing cells. The manifestation of the symptoms associated with the condition is based on the severity of the disease with wheezing, excessive exertion, and persistent lung infections being the common ones.
  • Emphysema – Emphysema is a common lung ailment that results in shortness of breath due to the damaged alveoli. The damage to the alveoli results in reduced oxygen reaching the bloodstream and thereby reduced ability to carry out any physical activity, persistent breathlessness amongst others.
  • Interstitial Lung Disease – Refers to a group of lung-related disorders that result in the scarring of the lung tissues. The disorders can be a result of excessive exposure of pollutants/hazardous materials or due to autoimmune factors. It is often an irreversible lung condition.
  • Lung Cancer – Cancers that originate in the lungs and are commonly associated with people who smoke. Lung cancers are primarily of two types – small-cell & non-small-cell cancers. Common symptoms associated with lung cancer include – blood vomiting, persistent chest pain and cough.
  • Pneumonia – Pneumonia is an infection of the alveoli causing inflammation and filling-up of the air sacs with fluid. It can be either one or both lungs and in a severe form can be a life-threatening condition. Fever, chills, and breathing difficulties are common symptoms associated with pneumonia.
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis – Scarring and damage to the lung tissue is known as pulmonary fibrosis. The scarring makes it difficult for the lungs to function properly thereby reducing your ability to breath adequately and carry out physical activities. The condition worsens progressively and eventually can become life-threatening.
  • Sleep Apnea – Sleep apnea is a serious condition wherein breathing stops & starts frequently during the course of a sleep cycle. Persistent snoring and fatigue post-sleep are the common symptoms of sleep apnea. Increasing age and excessive weight gain are the common risks factors that lead to sleep apnea.



The department of pulmonology at Continental Hospitals is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities for the early detection and diagnosis of all types of lung and lung-related disorders. Diagnosis for pulmonary ailments is performed with the help of various tests as given below:

  • Blood tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scans
  • MRI
  • Spirometry
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Sleep studies

Our team of expert pulmonologists ensure that every patient undergoes a thorough and necessary diagnostic procedures to identify lung diseases early, accurately, and adequately to arrive at an appropriate treatment plan.


The department of pulmonology at Continental Hospitals offers excellence in treatment & care for all types of lung and lung-related disorders. We have an expert panel of pulmonologists with decades of experience in treatment of all types of lung diseases and performing the most complicated lung surgeries.

The course of treatment planned for each patient varies from the type of disease, co-morbidities, patient history & lifestyle, among other factors. From clinical interventions to lifestyle alterations, and surgeries, the department of pulmonology at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad offers the complete spectrum of treatment for all lung diseases.

Treatments, surgeries and procedures performed by our expert pulmonologists at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad include:

  • Interventional Pulmonology – Is the minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment for thoracic abnormalities and pulmonary diseases.
  • Lung transplant – A surgical procedure to remove one or both diseased lungs from a patient to be replaced with healthy donor lungs.
  • Physical therapy – Includes physical therapies such as exercise, tissue manipulation, and other treatments focused on maximizing lung function.
  • Bronchoscopy – Is both a diagnostic as well as treatment procedure wherein a bronchoscope is introduced into the lung cavity to – diagnose damage to lung tissues, ascertain damage by a lung tumor, and to remove any foreign bodies.
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation – Is a specialized program that helps restore lung function & improve the quality of life of a patient.

Technology & Facilities

The department of pulmonology at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad is known as one of the best hospitals for lung and sleep disorders in India, because of the excellent infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities. We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide, prevent, and improve lung care for every single one of our patients.

Continental Hospitals has consistently set a benchmark for the highest standards of medical care. Equipped with state-of-the-art operation theatres and advanced infrastructure to deliver excellence in pulmonary care. An expert panel of pulmonologists perform all kinds of invasive and non-invasive procedures at the hospital.

The facilities at Continental Hospitals for the treatment of lung disorders include:

  • Bronchoscopy Suite: Continental Hospitals is the only hospital in the twin states of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh and among a select few in the country to feature an Endobronchial Ultrasound facility. This revolutionary technology, is used for various diagnostic and therapeutic procedures like – a biopsy and stenting of the airway.
  • Rigid Bronchoscopy System: The rigid bronchoscopy equipment allows expert pulmonologists to tackle complex and challenging central airway procedures like removal of foreign bodies benign and malignant tumors from the airway, dilatation of airway stenosis, stenting, and treatment of airway diseases related to lung transplantation.
  • Sleep Laboratory: Continental Hospitals offers expert treatment & care for sleep disorders with technology-enabled research and state of the art sleep disorders clinic. A good night’s sleep is essential for good health and inadequate sleep leads to increased health problems and lower quality of life. Thus, a state-of-the-art sleep disorders clinic has been envisaged at Continental Hospitals to deliver excellence in sleep disorders.
  • Thoracoscopy Suite (Medical and surgical): The thoracoscopy suite at the Continental Department of Pulmonology is equipped with medical and video-assisted thoracoscopic systems. It is a specialized center for taking pleural biopsies, draining pleural effusions, breaking adhesions, and pleurodesis in infectious and cancerous fluid accumulation in the chest. Complete sleep evaluations are provided through the initial consultation and may include a polysomnographic study.

Our Doctors

Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad provides you the best Pulmonology doctors in the country. Our Pulmonology consultants are widely renowned in their respective fields and come with a wide range of experience and expertise, with qualifications from premier institutes. Specialists in various branches of Pulmonology our doctors deliver comprehensive treatment and care. Visit us at Continental Hospitals, Hyderabad, for consulting with some of the best team of pulmonologists in India.

Dr Nalini Nagalla | Sr Consultant - Pulmonology & Senior Sleep Specialist
Dr Nalini Nagalla

MBBS, MD (Respiratory Medicine)

Sr Consultant - Pulmonology & Senior Sleep Specialist

Dr Nishant Sinha | Senior Consultant - Pulmonology & Sleep Specialist
Dr Nishant Sinha

MBBS, DNB Respiratory Medicine(CMC Vellore).

Senior Consultant - Pulmonology & Sleep Specialist

Dr Pradeep Simha Karur | Consultant - Pulmonology & Sleep Specialist
Dr Pradeep Simha Karur

MBBS, MRCP (UK) CCT-Respiratory Medicine

Sr.Consultant - Pulmonology & Sleep Specialist

Dr Archana O

MBBS, DTCDC (Diploma in TB & Chest Diseases)

Registrar - Department of Pulmonology

Which is the most common pulmonary disorder?

Asthma, bronchitis, chronic cough, pneumonia, chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder, and pulmonary edema are some of the most common pulmonary disorders. With increasing environmental pollution, changing lifestyle habits, and increasing smoking habits have increased the incidence of lung disorders in the recent past.

What are the most serious lung diseases?

Lung cancers, bronchitis, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, and cystic fibrosis are the commonly known serious lungs-related disorders. Serious lung ailments are often evidence amongst those with the habit of smoking or with prolonged exposure to environmental pollution.

What are the 5 symptoms of asthma?

Asthma is a common breathing and lung-related disorder, wherein the individual’s airway becomes narrowed, which makes it difficult to breath and carry out everyday activities. Symptoms associated with asthma include – wheezing, breathlessness, chronic dry cough, anxiety, palpitations, amongst others.

What is the main cause of COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a common pulmonary disorder caused by the obstructed airflow to the lungs. Long-term exposure to particulate matter, environmental pollutants, cigarette smoking – active & passive – are some of the commonly associated causes of COPD.

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