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Pulmonology (Lung Disease)

Pediatric Pulmonology Treatments

Advances in research and technology have enhanced the effectiveness of diagnosis and testing, resulting in advanced pediatric pulmonology treatment of acute and chronic respiratory diseases in children. Pulmonary function testing, for example, provides invaluable measurements of lung function, such as the speed at which air comes out of lungs, the size of the lungs, how the air moves from the lung into the blood vessels, and changes in lung function due to ongoing therapy or new medications.

The Division of Pediatric Pulmonology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center specializes in providing comprehensive pediatric pulmonology treatments for children with respiratory disorders and symptoms, including:

  • Sleep apnea/breathing disorders. Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.
  • Aspiration pneumonia. This condition occurs when the lungs and airways become inflamed from breathing in foreign materials such as food and liquids.
  • Asthma, chronic cough, recurrent wheezing. Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways that causes attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. A chronic cough can result from such causes as smoking, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, postnasal drip and GERD. Our pediatric pulmonologists will recommend the most effective pediatric pulmonology treatments for each condition.
  • Bronchiectasisis a condition in which the airways are damaged, usually from infections, and become wider, flabby and scarred.
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia is a chronic lung disease that affects infants.
  • Ciliary disorders, impaired mucociliary clearance. Ciliary disorders affect the proper functioning of lungs' hair-like structures (cilia) that move mucus out of the airways.
  • Cor pulmonale is failure of the right side of the heart brought on by long-term high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries and right ventricle of the heart.
  • Cystic fibrosis is an inherited respiratory disease in children that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract. It is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in children and young adults and is treated with cutting-edge pediatric pulmonology treatments.
  • Laryngotracheobroncho malacia occurs when children are born with airways (voice box, windpipe, breathing tubes) that are too soft and create airflow problems.
  • Muscular dystrophy, neuromuscular disorders, muscular weakness. Muscular dystrophy is a group of inherited disorders that involves muscle weakness and loss of muscle tissue, which worsens over time.Neuromuscular disorders affect the nerves that control your voluntary muscles, causing those muscles to weaken and waste away.
  • Pulmonary dysfunction associated with other illnesses
  • Pulmonary fibrosis/Interstitial lung disease. Pulmonary fibrosis is the scarring or thickening of the lungs resulting from many causes such as infections and exposure to asbestos. Interstitial lung disease occurs when the tissue around the lungs' air sacs becomes stiff and scarred, causing breathing problems.
  • Recurrent pneumonia. Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, and when it occurs more than once in a year's time, it is called recurrent pneumonia.
  • Restrictive lung disease is the lungs' inability to expand fully and can be caused by scarring or inflammation of lung tissue.
  • Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious bacterial infection that usually attacks the lungs, but can also damage other parts of the body.

Our healthcare team of pediatric pulmonary specialists provides inpatient or outpatient consultation, pediatric pulmonology treatment plans and follow-up through a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to your child's respiratory problems. Our experienced pediatric pulmonologists work closely with other sub-specialists when necessary along with your child's pediatrician. Diagnostic tests provided include pulmonary function testing and flexible bronchoscopy. Radiologic tests are done through the Department of Pediatric Radiology, and results are reviewed by our physicians.

Make an Appointment with our Pediatric Pulmonology Division:
Cohen Children’s Medical Center makes it easy for you to take the first steps in ensuring your child receives world-class pediatric pulmonology treatment. Simply click the "Request an Appointment" button and set up an appointment with our caring and dedicated pediatric pulmonologists or call 516-622-5280.

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