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Pediatric Pulmonology and Respiratory Care

About Pediatric Pulmonology and Respiratory Care

The Pediatric Pulmonology Department at East Tennessee Children's Hospital treats diseases in the lungs. These problems affect a child's overall health and well-being. The most common pulmonary diseases in children are asthma, allergies, pneumonia, respiratory tract infections, chronic lung diseases, chronic cough, exercise-related breathing problems, sleep apnea and other sleep disorders.

Asthma Test

Your Appointment with the Pulmonologist

At your first appointment, your child may need a chest X-ray. You will have to arrive 45 minutes early to complete this X-ray if your child hasn't had one already. The pulmonologists will then look at the X-ray to find possible problems.

Your child may also need a bronchoscopy. Doctors will use a long thin tube and fiberoptic camera to look at your child's lungs. He will take samples of mucous to test in the laboratory. A bronchoscopy can also be used to clean certain areas of the lung with sterile saline water. This procedure is done while your child is under anesthesia to avoid the slight pain and discomfort this test may cause.

To test the flow of air in the lungs and lung ability during different breathing patterns, doctors perform Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT). A PFT will show the doctor if your child has asthma or another pulmonary disease.

Cystic Fibrosis Patient and Nurse

Cystic Fibrosis

East Tennessee Children's Hospital is here for our 180 patients living with cystic fibrosis (CF). We are an accredited Cystic Fibrosis Care Center by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and our doctors and nurse practitioners have over 100 years of combined experience with CF. A cystic fibrosis diagnosis can be scary for a child and family. The pulmonology team at Children's Hospital takes time to work with you and your child from the CF testing process to managing the disease every day. They will combine Airway Clearance Techniques, medication and antibiotics and nutrition plans to decrease hospital stays and keep your child's lungs healthy.

Asthma Lungs Diagram


Does your child need to be tested for asthma? Asthma affects more than 7 million children nationwide. It can be managed in most children if treated properly. The Pulmonology Department at Children's Hospital specializes in the treatment of asthma in children.

Common signs and symptoms of asthma include:
Continued cough
Difficulty breathing when exercising
Coughing during the night
Shortness of breath
Difficulty breathing

Common causes of asthma in children include:
Tobacco smoke
Respiratory viral infections
Strong odors, such as perfumes or cleaning agents
Environmental allergens
Mold or mildew
Cold air

Asthma triggers are specific to each child, but being around second-hand smoke is highly harmful to a child with asthma. Pulmonologists at Children's Hospital can give you advice about reducing triggers at home and in school.

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