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

Combination Therapy for Pediatric Asthma Patients

Our researchers are studying an investigational combination of medications, one used to treat asthma in adults and the other not yet approved to treat adult asthma, to determine if it can improve symptoms and lung function in asthma patients age 5 to 17.

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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 as one of the top two hospitals in pulmonology every year since U.S. News & World Report included this category in its annual “Best Hospitals” survey
  • Ranked in the top 1 percent 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 percent of organizations funded for research by the NIH, providing patients access to more than 300 active clinical trials
  • 121-year history of focus on care, research and education serving thousands of patients with lung, heart, immune and related disorders

 

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Breath control is something every performer must master. For dancers, good breathing technique can add not only to endurance, but also to fluidity and grace. It can add power to an actor’s speech. Breath control is especially important and challenging for 18-year old Kendrick Trujillo, who suffers from severe asthma and allergies. Thanks to his multidisciplinary team at National Jewish Health, Trujillo has mastered breath control well enough to pursue dance and theatre studies as he heads off to college.

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