Upon arrival at Children's Hospital, your baby will be evaluated to determine the extent of the chronic lung disease (CLD), the presence and degree of pulmonary hypertension, and the degree to which other factors, such as reflux and aspiration, contribute to the lung disease.
Evaluation may include:
Based on the initial evaluation of your baby, our team will formulate a multidisciplinary treatment plan. We work closely with families and referring physicians to determine which therapies are appropriate for each child.
We offer the full range of therapeutic interventions, including:
Long-term care for chronic lung disease is coordinated with our Neonatal Follow-up Program, the Division of Pulmonary Medicine, the Pulmonary Hypertension Program and, in the case of infants with tracheostomies, the Technology Dependence Center.
When treatment in our intensive care setting is no longer needed, our team facilitates seamless transition to home, the referring hospital or chronic care facility. We work with social workers, case managers and, when indicated, the Progressive Care Unit and the Technology Dependence Center to empower you to care for your child at home whenever possible.
For more information about chronic lung disease or to schedule an appointment with our CLD program, please call 215-590-3083 or contact us online.
Reviewed by: Haresh Kirpalani, BM, MRCP, FRCP, MSc, and Huayan Zhang, MD
Date: November 2012