• Difficult to control asthma
• Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
• Congenital lung disease
• Neuromuscular-related respiratory complications
• Disorders of impaired airway clearance
• Exercise-induced respiratory dysfunction
The clinic is also devoted to the pulmonary care of children with complex medical needs (such as patients with tracheostomy and patients that are home ventilator-dependent, as well as other technology-dependent respiratory care).
At the first visit, a chest x-ray is often performed in our radiology department at the clinic. Not all children require an x-ray; however, this depends on the type of breathing problem that is being evaluated.
Breathing Tests: At the beginning of every appointment, we routinely perform spirometry. This is NOT painful and simply involves blowing hard through a mouthpiece into our computerized system that will display the efforts in a video game-like manner.
The location at Robert C. Byrd Clinic allows for high-quality spirometry, as well as on-site radiology and laboratory services necessary for subspecialty evaluation of commonly encountered respiratory dilemmas, such as recurrent pneumonia, recurrent or longstanding wheezing, intractable cough, and recurrent respiratory complaints during exercise.