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Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program

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What We Treat

The Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program (PHP) provides long-term follow-up care for children who have been diagnosed with a condition that limits lung development, resulting in a secondary condition called pulmonary hypoplasia. This condition is characterized by small, underdeveloped lungs that can affect not only breathing but also heart function, ability to feed, hearing and overall development.

Some children with pulmonary hypoplasia develop a related condition known as pulmonary hypertension, which causes high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs (the pulmonary arteries). Over time, this pressure causes the pulmonary arteries to narrow, making the right side of the heart work harder as it forces blood through the narrowed arteries.

The following conditions that limit lung development are typically treated through the PHP.

PHP consultations and appointments are based on each child's specific needs, taking into account each unique diagnosis and treatment your child has received. Ongoing developmental and medical assessment from our multidisciplinary team is a standard of care provided to all children enrolled in our Pulmonary Hypoplasia Program.

Learn more about the many specialties and services that your child may come across while being treated through the PHP » A Day in the PHP.

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