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Pulmonology

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Dr. Nachajon and PatientThe Pulmonology Division of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital offers consultation, diagnostic testing and treatment for infants and children with pulmonary diseases including:

  • Asthma 
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Congenital lung abnormalities
  • Neuromuscular respiratory disease
  • Chronic respiratory failure
  • Recurrent pneumonia
  • Persistent cough
  • Environmental allergies
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sleep Disorders 

The Pulmonary team is made up of Board-certified Pediatric Pulmonologists, advanced nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, and social workers.

Other pulmonary related services available are:


Pulmonary Function Testing:

Pulmonary function tests are performed each year to evaluate and follow lung disease in children. A full spectrum of pulmonary function tests, including spirometry, diffusion analysis, lung volumes, exercise testing and methacholine challenges are available. Physicians may order Pulmonary Function Tests by calling the Pediatric Pulmonary Laboratory at 973.754.2508.


Bronchoscopy Laboratory:

Examination of the upper and lower airways by flexible bronchoscope and bronchoalveolar lavage is an important diagnostic tool in the evaluation of:

  • Stridor
  • Persistent wheezing
  • Refractory, chronic cough
  • Pneumonias
  • Unusual infections
  • Atelectasis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Congenital abnormalities of the lung

 

Neonatal, infant and adult size flexible bronchoscopes are used for the examination of the bronchi. Bronchoscopes are performed in the pediatric operating room and in the Bronchoscopy Suite in collaboration with Pediatric Anesthesiology.

 

For additional information, please contact us:

Appointments: 973.754.2550

Referral/Fax: 973.754.2548

Roberto Nachajon, MD, Chief

Neal Nakra, MD

Kim Luciano, RN, APN

Ketana Desai, RRT, RPFT, Respiratory Technician

 

Please click on the following links for more information about Pulmonology:

American Thoracic Society

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

American College of Chest Physicians

 

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