to diagnose and treat all types of lung diseases and disorders that are present in children, including lung disease, congenital diseases/disorders, asthma, bronchitis and others. Dr. Zwerdling is able to provide the child and family with a personalized plan to help manage or cure the disease.
Pediatric pulmonology is a highly specialized field of medicine that treats infants, children and adolescents for a variety of respiratory diseases and complications affecting the lungs. Pediatric pulmonologists often work as part of a multidisciplinary team, providing either inpatient or outpatient care. These specialized pulmonologists are trained to treat children suffering from conditions such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic bronchitis, apnea, pneumonia, lung disease and other respiratory-related conditions.
When diagnosing children with respiratory problems or pulmonary diseases, pediatric pulmonologists employ a variety of tests and procedures. These physicians may utilize general exercise tests to identify the child’s respiratory limitations, sweat testing to screen for cystic fibrosis, spirometry tests to measure lung capacity, as well as bronchoprovocation procedures to test for asthma and airway sensitivity, among many others. By utilizing tests such as these, pediatric pulmonologists can begin to pinpoint a diagnosis, which allows them to craft a highly personalized treatment and/or management plan.
Pediatric pulmonologists are trained to care specifically for children, as treatment for children with respiratory complications require different care than adults. The unique medical needs of children suffering from disorders affecting the lungs require care from pediatric pulmonologists to ensure proper development and prevent these problems from affecting them later in life or compounding other diseases or complications.