Pulmonary Diagnostic Center (Pediatric)

The Pediatric Pulmonary Diagnostic Center was established to effectively diagnose breathing problems in children, formulate individualized treatment plans, and evaluate each child’s response to therapies. Unique to National Jewish Health for Kids, the Center offers specialized pediatric exercise testing unavailable anywhere else in the Rocky Mountain region.

 

Diagnostic Tests:

  • Airway imaging
  • Allergen skin testing
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage testing
  • Bronchoprovocation challenges including exercise challenge and methacholine challenge
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise tolerance testing by one of the most experienced teams in the country
  • Chest imaging including X-rays, computed tomography (CT), and fluoroscopy
  • Continuous laryngoscopy during exercise by one of the most experienced teams in the country
  • Endobronchial biopsy
  • Exhaled gas testing
  • Flexible bronchoscopy
  • Flexible laryngoscopy
  • Laboratory testing
  • Lung function testing including lung volumes, diffusion capacity, lung static recoil, and respiratory muscle strength testing
  • Nasal biopsy
  • Spirometry
  • Sweat test
  • Testing for steroid resistance or abnormal metabolism of steroids
  • Transbronchial biopsy

Doctors

 

Clinical Trials

Identifying Characteristics and Patterns of Asthma

Our researchers are working to identify the clinical, physiologic, genetic and molecular characteristics of asthmatics.

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Reasons to Choose National Jewish Health

  • The leading respiratory hospital in the nation and the only one devoted fully to the treatment of respiratory and related illnesses

  • Ranked #1 or #2 in Pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report for 26 consecutive years

  • Ranked in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation by HCAHPS

  • Physicians consistently recognized among the best in the nation by multiple services, including Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly

  • Among the top 6% of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to hundreds of active clinical trials

  • 123-year history of focus on care, research and education serving patients from around the world with lung, heart, immune and related disorders

Back in the Game

Last spring, eight-year-old Genesis Avila began waking up during the night struggling to breathe. Her rescue inhaler, designed to relax the airways and allow air to move in and out of the lungs, was not helping. 

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