Pediatric pulmonary and respiratory diseases

When children have trouble breathing, it limits their quality of life. Everyday activities like exercising and playing can pose a challenge, as can sleeping. Our pediatric pulmonologists are lung doctors who help children breathe easier and overcome barriers. We offer both inpatient and outpatient care.

Backed by experience and research, our pulmonologists use innovative medications and therapies, as well as a number of accurate diagnostic tests. They work hand-in-hand with other specialists to treat the full range of breathing-related diseases.

Why choose Geisinger for pediatric pulmonary care?

  • Highly trained, caring providers: Our pediatric pulmonologists have specialized training in both pediatrics and pulmonology, making them well prepared to care for children with sleep, lung or breathing conditions. Our specialists offer appointments in clinics throughout the region, making it easier and more convenient for children to receive specialty care. We also provide the education families need to stay healthy and safe.
  • Team approach to complex care: We offer specialty clinics that connect children with a variety of specialists and support staff in one visit. We educate children and their caregivers on the disease and also provide management plans. Our clinics and programs include:
    • Cystic fibrosis clinic, accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    • Sleep apnea clinic, for children with sleep concerns
    • Mechanical ventilator program, for children who need help breathing
  • Innovative diagnosis and treatment: Our advanced approaches include bronchoscopy, which our pulmonologists use to both diagnose and treat challenging breathing conditions. They insert the viewing instrument through the nose or mouth to examine the throat, voice box and airways. Our doctors can collect tissue or mucus samples, as well as treat narrowed or blocked airways, while avoiding surgery.

Lung and respiratory conditions and treatments 

Pediatric pulmonologists treat lung conditions ranging from the common to complex, so children can breathe, sleep and play easier. 

  • Asthma
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic or persistent cough
  • Croup
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung or airway infections
  • Lung disease
  • Mechanical ventilator challenges
  • RSV (respiratory syncytial virus)
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Syndrome support (Down syndrome, Rett Syndrome, etc.)
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Breathing treatments
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Inhalers and bronchodilators
  • Medication
  • Physical, occupational or respiratory therapy
  • Surgery

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