Dr Nishtha Singh is current Senior Chest Specialist at Asthma Bhawan, Jaipur. She has been in the field of respiratory medicine for last 6 years. She has contributed to the world of chest medicine at both national and international level. She is amongt the team members who pioneered Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) in Rajasthan. Asthma Bhawan is the proud torch bearer of the cheapest EBUS centre in India.
She has many important publications in form of research studies and review articles in her name. She has been a part of the national coordinator team of the ILD India Registry, which was the pioneering study on ILD patients of India. She has presented lectures at both national and international levels and has represented India twice at European Respiratory Society (ERS). She has mastered the art of Flexible bronchoscopy (FOB), Thoracoscopy (both rigid and semi-rigid) and has achieved a very high success rates in these procedures. In FOB, she has expert knowledge in endobronchial biopsies, transbronchial needle aspiration, transbronchial lung biopsies, brush smears & broncho-alveolar lavage. She has performed around 100 thoracoscopies with experience in pleural biopsies. She has performed around 70 EBUS. While getting EBUS in Rajasthan was not only tough, but it was an expensive affair as well. Despite the high cost of machine, the cost of the test was kept at the cheapest in the country. The only reason for lower cost was to cater the poor and needy. This has come as a source of pride for all those who belonged to Asthma Bhawan especially the EBUS team.
Apart from that, Dr Nishtha Singh is also involved in various training and research activities. Asthma Bhawan conducts yearly Spirometry training workshop only to train the technicians in PFT testing. Training and education is also given to pharmacists, nursing staff and patients through regular educational and training programs. She is also coordinator of the Global Asthma Network (GAN study).
She has expert in evaluation of allergic factors in patients of asthma and allergic rhinitis (cold). As allergy is becoming omnipresent, dealing with the diseases like allergic rhinitis and asthma is becoming all the more important. Management of allergy deals with its diagnosis and treatment. At Asthma Bhawan, the diagnosis of allergy is done by both skin prick tests and Phadiatop blood allergy tests at the lowest rates with best results. Its treatment includes both medications and immunotherapy. While allergy medications are easily available, giving immunotherapy requires adequate training and expertise. Dr Nishtha Singh is skilled in administering immunotherapy with very low complication rate and good results.
Apart from Allergy, her sphere of expertise involves treating patients of Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA). This is a common snoring related problem which is being encountered in patients who are obese. While a person sleeps, during snoring he stops breathing due to which the oxygen levels in blood fall. This gives a signal to brain which awakens the patient and he starts breathing again. The patient comes up with symptoms of increased daytime sleepiness, headache, decreased alertness, etc. The repeated cycles of desaturation exposes the patient to numerous hazards including high blood pressure, heart attack, kidney failure and respiratory failure. The diagnosis of OSA is done with Polysomnography testing which is available at the lowest cost at Asthma Bhawan. Its treatment is done with weight reduction, medication and a machine named CPAP. CPAP is available at subsidized rates at Asthma Bhawan.