The Pulmonology Division of St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital offers consultation, diagnostic testing and treatment for infants and children with pulmonary diseases including the following:
- 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 airway by flexible bronchoscope and bronchoalveolar lavage is an important diagnostic tool in the evaluation of:
- Persistent wheezing
- Refractory, chronic cough
- Unusual infections
- 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.
- Regional Cystic Fibrosis Center
- Contact Information
The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Center at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital is an integral part of the Pulmonology Division. It is accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and associated with The Columbia-Presbyterian University Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Center in New York City. The CF Center is a New Jersey State Referral Site for infants identified through the newborn CF screening program.
Our experienced CF care group includes the members of the Pediatric Pulmonology Division as well as Gastroenterologists, Endocrinologists, Infectious Disease Specialists who work in collaboration with social workers, nutritionists, respiratory and physical therapists.
The goal of the Cystic Fibrosis team is to evaluate, diagnose and provide up to date comprehensive care emphasizing the following:
- Normal growth and development
- Prevention of complications such as failure to thrive, malnutrition, recurrent pulmonary infections
- Assisting the child and family to integrate the treatment regime into their home and school life
- Overall education regarding the disease and future expected outcomes
- Maintaining medical independence and sustaining a better quality of life
In order to provide continuity of care to our patients, adults with this diagnosis are referred to a dedicated team of Adult Pulmonologists and Gastroenterologists who provide consultation upon request.
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