UnityPoint Health - Memorial Hospital Hancock County, IL COVID-19 Info


“When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.”
— Socrates

Take a deep breath  and call us if you can’t

When you cannot breathe well, little else matters, and you need to see a pulmonologist, or expert in treating medical conditions that affect the lungs. Asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer and many other conditions can affect breathing and lung function.

What causes COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)?

COPD does not develop suddenly, but occurs very slowly over time. It’s caused by:

  • Smoking. This is the main cause.
  • Exposure to air pollution, such as chemical fumes, dust, and other substances
  • Irritating fumes and dusts at work
  • A rare, inherited form of the disease called alpha 1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency-related pulmonary emphysema, or early onset pulmonary emphysema. AAT is produced by the liver and is a "lung protector." Nearly all people without AAT develop emphysema.

Meet Dr. Nanjappa Somanna

Dr. Nanjappa Somanna practices critical care medicine, pulmonary disease medicine and sleep medicine at Memorial Medical Clinic. He evaluates, diagnoses and treats patients who have COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), asthma, lung cancer, obstructive sleep apnea and many other lung problems. Dr. Somanna received his medical training at Madras Medical College in Chennai, India, and completed his residency at Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. He is a board certified physician and member of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

When is Dr. Somanna available?

Dr. Somanna conducts a clinic the first and third Mondays of the month at Memorial Medical Clinic, 1450 N. County Road 2050, Carthage. Dr. Somanna is accepting new patients. Call 217-224-6423 to schedule an appointment.


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