The Center for Excellence in Pulmonary Biology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, a leading California Children's Hospital, deals with children's breathing in all its aspects:
Our team works closely with many other specialists at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, including ear, nose, and throat specialists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, cardiologists, neonatologists, and orthopedic surgeons. We also work closely with the lung transplant team and Stanford Hospital and Clinics.
Accidents: Kids can be unpredictable and may sometimes accidentally swallow, inhale or choke on anything from small toys to dangerous fumes. Our team can locate, diagnose and remedy even potentially serious problems quickly.
Asthma: Our team of experts works to correctly diagnose and treat children of all ages with mild, moderate and severe asthma. Asthma can often be misdiagnosed, but our team of pediatric pulmonologists has decades of experience diagnosing and treating asthma and many other lung conditions. Once a child is diagnosed with asthma, we work with the patient and his or her family to manage it from multiple angles.
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia and chronic lung disease in premature infants: Many premature infants suffer from chronic lung damage and respiratory distress syndrome that, with the proper medications and treatments, often heals as they grow. For children who suffer from bronchopulmonary dysplasia, our team offers at-home oxygen support and nutrition counseling, as well as a variety of medical treatments. We work closely with neonatologists in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to develop the best treatment plans for when the babies go home with their families.
Cystic fibrosis (CF): CF mainly affects the lungs and the digestive systems in the body, causing problems with breathing and digesting foods. A chronic disease that currently has no cure, CF is one of the most common — and serious — genetic (inherited) diseases in America. We have the largest program in Northern California to help kids with this disease.
Interstitial lung disease: Interstitial lung disease is a general term for a group of rare lung disorders that make it hard to breathe. Many of these diseases can be difficult to diagnose and manage, and they can affect people at any age.
Lung transplants: For some children, a lung transplant may be a life-saving solution. Our transplant team has the highest success rate for pediatric lung transplants in the world, and we have the only pediatric lung transplant program on the West Coast.
Neuromuscular disorders: For patients who are experiencing difficulty breathing or prolonged respiratory illnesses, the cause may be respiratory insufficiency and muscle weakness caused by a neuromuscular disorder like muscular dystrophy or congenital myopathy. Our team can perform lung function testing, help improve sleep quality, and provide nutrition counseling, assisted ventilation, airway exams, and lung imaging.
Other Conditions: Abnormalities in the Chest Wall, Assisted ventilation and chronic respiratory failure, Bronchiectasis, Bronchiolitis, Chronic cough, Congenital diaphragmatic hernia, Control of breathing disorders, DIfficulty breathing, dyspnea, Obstruction of airflow from common diseases and anatomic problems, Primary ciliary dyskinesia, Problems associated with other diseases such as congenital heart disease, vascular diseases, autoimmune disorders, Pulmonary aspiration, Recurrent pneumonia, Recurrent wheezing or noisy breathing, Supplemental oxygen therapy.
Recurring respiratory infections/Rare lung diseases: Our large, experienced team has the expertise to safely and effectively treat any and all rare lung diseases. This includes inherited or hereditary lung diseases like primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) and congenital lung conditions like bronchogenic cysts, congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations, lobar emphysema and pulmonary sequestrations.
Sleep problems: Our team provides a comprehensive range of evaluations and treatments for children from birth through adolescence who experience sleepiness or sleeplessness. We are the only Bay Area sleep center that evaluates children younger than five years old. We diagnose and treat everything from common conditions like sleep apnea to complex conditions with associated sleep problems.
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