Pediatric Chest Diseases
Respiratory system diseases are among most common reasons of visit to doctor and hospitalizations for children in our country, as is the case with around the world. Respiratory system and lungs are directly linked to the environment. Therefore, the respiratory system is easily influenced by many factors, such as infections, allergens and weather changes. A healthy child may catch upper respiratory tract infections for 5 to 8 times every year. The frequency prolongs as the children grow up, but some children suffer from respiratory tract infections more frequently and these infections may cause long-lasting cough, wheezing and shortness of breath. In our Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine department, a very detailed examination is made for children with recurrent respiratory complaints. Radiology studies (chest X-ray and computerized tomography) and reflux scan is performed, if deemed necessary by physicians, and pulmonary function testing and sweat tests are also done to establish diagnosis of diseases.
Which diseases are treated?
- Children with wheezing
- Sleep disorders
- Cystic fibrosis
- Respiratory failure
- Interstitial lung diseases
- Lung problems in muscle diseases
- Congenital disorders of lungs
- Primary ciliary dyskinesia and Kartagener’s syndrome
- Lung disease in children with immune system disorder
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia in preterm children (chronic lung disease)
Which tests are done?
- Pulmonary function testing (lung capacity, pulmonary function and reversibility testing, exercise test and similar tests)
- Sweat test
- Necessary blood tests and microbiological assays
- Reflux scan