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    Medical Cases1: Accurate diagnosis and timely treatment of pulmonary embolism.
    A 53 years old German man came to Clifford Hospital, accompanied by two Chinese friends in May 2006. He suffered from chest pain, cough and hemoptysis for two days. He was treated as a pneumonia patient in a Dongguang hospital, the syndromes were aggravated and the breathlessness increased after treatment. Hearing about Clifford Hospital from friends, he came here. Upon arrival at our Hospital, our experts made a careful examination of him and the initial diagnosis was he suffered from pulmonary embolism, but not common pneumonia. The results of chest angiography (CTA) and color Doppler Ultrasound confirmed the expert's initial diagnosis. The patient was suffering from acute right pulmonary artery embolism, right lower pulmonary infarction, and right lower limb deep venous thrombosis. The condition was serious; the patient must undertake treatment in the hospital. Doctors took a series of examination for the patient immediately, such as monitoring breath/HR/BP/ECG/blood oxygen/blood gas analysis/blood clotting (4 items) and blood routine lab tests. BP and blood oxygen were low, and he was given oxygen therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, bed rest, pain management therapy and rt-PA thrombolysis. Anticoagulant therapy was applied after two days. The treatment regime was effective and the patient showed signs of continuing improvement. The result of a second CT scan showed: the arterial pulmonalis thrombus had disappeared, and the patient was subsequently discharged two weeks later from the Hospital.   

    Pulmonary embolism is dangerous and is the third highest cause of death that accounts for 30% in all diseases. 900 cases of autopsy results from Fu Wai Cardiovascular Disease Hospital show: 100 cases had segmental pulmonary embolism. The occurrence accounted for 11% in cardiovascular disease, only 13% patients have received the correct diagnosis.

    If acute pulmonary embolism is diagnosed and treated early, most patients can achieve a good recovery generally, but incorrect diagnosis rate reaches 70%-80%. Acute serious pulmonary embolism will threaten life without correct and timely diagnosis and treatment. Some survivors may develop chronic pulmonary artery hypertension and chronic heart and lung disease. Thus they may be disabled and lose work ability. Because of its high miss diagnosis rate, incorrect diagnosis rate, death rate and disability rate, pulmonary embolism has became an important medical care issue which threatens life and health seriously

    The German patient had been given the correct diagnosis and treatment, became better and better in our Hospital. He could not help praising: Clifford Hospital has clean and comfortable environment, high quality and well-considered service, it is the same as a foreign hospital, and I can do business in China without worry.


    Medical Case 2: Bronchial artery embolism as a therapy method for severe hemoptysis
    One night in 2003, the Emergency Department received a telephone call; a Hong Kong man needed doctor's help for a gusty severe hemoptysis. 5 minutes later, the ambulance arrived at the man's home and brought him to Clifford Hospital. The patient was diagnosed as bronchiectasis complicated with severe hemoptysis and high paraplegia. Several years before, the patient had suffered a severe hemoptysis in Hong Kong. At that time he had internal medicine treatment, but had no effect, and he had to undergo chest surgery which was lengthy, during which he had to receive CPR for survival.
    At this time, as the hemoptysis was severe, the patient was admitted into Clifford Hospital's ICU, and respiratory experts were called in for consultation.

    This patient suffered high paraplegia and because of neck damage, cough function was insufficient. So, when there was severe hemoptysis, the trachea was prone to be obstructed, thus jeopardizing the patient's life. Doctors prescribed a positive hemostatic treatment, and drew out the blood in the trachea through bronchoscope once every hour through the night to avoid trachea obstruction. But the hemoptysis was still not cured, the internal medicine therapy was not effective. The Medical Department convened the Hospital experts panel for consultation, which resulted in the following decisions: 1, With a long time high paraplegia, chest surgery would be a great risk; 2, The internal medicine therapy was not effective, but bronchial artery embolism would be effective; 3, If bronchial artery embolism is still not effective, then chest surgery can be available at any moment.

    At 10 o'clock, the patient was delivered to the Radiology Department, where the bronchial artery embolism treatment was to be carried out. Half an hour later, operation was successful, the hemorrhage stopped!

    The patient and his family were surprised by doctor's exquisite technology, and greatly touched by the doctor's professional ethics for the whole night rescue. They demanded firmly that our hospital leader praise the doctors and nurses involved.

    During the bronchial artery embolism, the patient was conscious. The doctor made a local anesthesia in the thigh, and inserted a fine tube into the patient’s femoral artery, and then pushed it up to the bronchial artery in the lung, in order to inject homeostasis material to obstruct the hemorrhage. This modern technology is characterized by quick effect, mild pain, great safety, but with some relapse rate.

    In 2005 and 2006, this Hong Kong patient still suffered hemoptysis three more times, and underwent one more bronchial artery embolism treatment in Clifford Hospital. He also went to a famous respiratory hospital in Guangzhou. At last, the patient returned to Clifford Hospital, said, “I had gone to many hospitals, from now on, I will never go to other hospitals, except Clifford Hospital.”

    Medical Case 3: Combined treatment of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine for the refractory asthma
    Mr. Lung, male, 70 years old, suffered recurrent attacks of cough and asthma for more than 10 years, complicated with nasal obstruction, sneeze and skin itch. This patient had visited many hospitals, and had received various examinations and treatments, but the symptoms were still not controlled, and needed several hospitalizations. He was in a very painful state. In 2005, he came to the Respiratory Department of Clifford Hospital and after clinical examination, was diagnosed as having “asthma, not controlled; allergic rhinitis; refractory urticaria”.

    The patient was a severe hypersensitive patient, thus doctors formulated a treatment plan with a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine: 1, According to the Global Asthma Prevention and Cure Proposed Program, give a high dose of inhaled glucocorticoid and ß2 receptor blockers; 2, Use  Chinese Medicine treatments, such as meridian point injection therapy, cupping cup, ear acupoint therapy, Chinese herbal treatment; 3, Give a special therapy of Clifford Hospital,  plasma local hyperthermia and detoxification. After 3 courses of treatment, the patient's symptoms of asthma, allergic rhinitis and refractory urticaria were all obviously controlled. From then on, this patient had never visited other hospitals in Guangzhou. He has follow up consultations at the Respiratory Department of Clifford Hospital regularly, and has had no further asthma attacks or hospitalization.

    Asthma is caused by various cells and cell components involved in chronic airway inflammation, which caused inflammations associated with increased airway reactivity, resulting in recurrent breathing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and/or coughing symptoms, usually occurring at night and/or in the early morning. Poor control of asthma, not only seriously affects the normal work, study and daily life of sufferers, frequent recurrent asthma attacks could lead to lung function damage and chronic obstructive pulmonary emphysema, with chronic pulmonary heart disease in the late stages. Disability rate, death rate and incidence rate are all high. It is a serious hazard in human health disease.

    Nearly 200 million worldwide are suffering from asthma, with nearly 10 million patients in China. Currently, only one-third of patients receive regular treatment. Even if the global asthma control was in accordance with the proposed program of formal treatment, some patients still fail to achieve complete control.

    By using the Global Asthma Prevention Program, combined with Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion, hyperthermia and detoxification, Clifford Hospital has achieved significant results. Complete control rate has markedly improved. Some patients achieve complete control and lead a normal life, in study, work and sport.

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