Pulmonary Services and Innovations

The Pulmonary Division of DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan offers advanced diagnostics including:

Diagnostic Bronchoscopies

Pulmonologists on staff perform diagnostic bronchoscopies in infants and children with suspected airway or lung disorders.

Pulmonary Function Testing

The hospital offers advanced pulmonary function testing, including exercise challenge testing for exercise induced asthma, fitness testing for athletes and pre-operative testing for high-risk patients.  With new infant sized equipment and a specially trained staff, the Children's Hospital of Michigan will be among the few hospitals in the nation to offer pulmonary function testing for children.

Cystic Fibrosis Sweat Testing

The Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Children's Hospital of Michigan is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation accredited care center for patients in the Detroit Tri-County Area. It offers a sweat testing laboratory dedicated to performing confirmatory sweat testing for newborns that have had a positive screen for cystic fibrosis.

Specialty Programs

Asthma Management – Physicians from throughout metropolitan Detroit in Michigan refer their patients with difficult-to-treat asthma to the Pulmonary Medicine specialists on staff at Children's Hospital of Michigan. This may include children with asthma complicated by co-morbid conditions such as vocal cord dysfunction. With special expertise in asthma management, specialists on staff can help recognize and effectively treat asthma in children and help reduce emergency room visit and hospitalizations.

Cystic Fibrosis Center – The Center is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's accredited care center for patients in the metropolitan Detroit Tri-County Area of Michigan. The Center offers care and treatment for infants, children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis. It utilizes a multidisciplinary team approach including doctors, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, nurses, social worker, dietitian, and respiratory therapists to address all areas of cystic fibrosis.  The goal is to provide the best care for patients and families through education, support and providing the most up to date medical care possible. 

Pulmonary Hypertension Program -  New therapies are making it possible to treat children and young adults with pulmonary hypertension, often enabling them to live with the condition and enjoy a high quality of life for many years. In children, pulmonary hypertension is most often associated with other diseases and conditions, including congenital heart disease, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), sickle cell anemia, connective tissue diseases and clotting disorders.

The Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program at the Children's Hospital of Michigan uses advanced echocardiography and cardiac catheterization procedures to evaluate patients and develop customized treatment plans.  The program is also involved in research to develop new treatments for the condition. 

Sleep Center – The division also offers a Sleep Center with sleep lab services located in Canton, Clinton Township, Detroit, and Dearborn. The sleep labs have all the comforts of home and are decorated like a cozy bedroom. Young patients are encouraged to bring stuffed animals and “blankies” from home to make their overnight stay even more comfortable. A parent or caregiver is required to bunk in the room with their child to ease any apprehensions. A sleep study is a non-invasive procedure that analyzes the body’s sleep patterns. Throughout the night, qualified technicians monitor body functions such as brain wave activity, muscle tone, heart rate, eye movement, air flow, respiratory effort and oxygen levels. Sleep specialist reads the results of each sleep study, generates a report, then sends it to the referring physician with necessary recommendations. Children who experience excessive daytime sleepiness may require a daytime study after the nighttime evaluation.

Neuromuscular Disorders/Muscular Dystrophy Clinic - The pediatric Pulmonary Medicine specialists on staff work closely with the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic to provide expert pulmonary care to children with neuromuscular disorders. 

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