Watching your child struggle to take a deep breath or cough uncontrollably can be a frightening experience. Let us help. The pediatric pulmonology experts at Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children offer the diagnosis, treatment and care of childhood lung diseases to keep both you and your child breathing easily.

Services and Treatments

The pediatric pulmonology program at Tulane Lakeside provides state-of-the-art, comprehensive care for children with all types of congenital and acquired lung diseases from throughout the New Orleans area.

Conditions we diagnose, treat and manage include:

  • Asthma is a long-term lung disease that inflames and narrows the tubes, or airways, that carry air in and out of the lungs. This can make the airways sore and swollen, which makes it harder to get enough air. Treatment includes identifying and avoiding triggers, medication and use of an inhaler.
  • Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disease of the mucus and sweat glands that affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses and sex organs. Tulane Lakeside is the only care center in Southern Louisiana to be designated by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • Chronic cough is a persistent cough that lasts for more than two or three weeks. There are many different causes for chronic cough, including asthma, sinusitis and acid reflux. Treatment is based on the cough’s underlying cause and may include medication and avoiding triggers.

We also diagnose, treat and manage:

  • Apnea of infancy/prematurity
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)/Chronic neonatal lung disease
  • Chronic pneumonia
  • Chest pain
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Aspiration bronchitis/pneumonitis
  • Persistent wheezing
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Vocal cord dysfunction

Testing and Diagnosis

At Tulane Lakeside, our advanced technology ensures an accurate diagnosis so your child gets the care needed as quickly and effectively as possible.

We offer comprehensive pulmonary function testing, including:

  • Spirometry – a test that measures how much air is going in and out of your child’s lungs when he or she breathes. It also estimates lung size.
  • Lung volume tests – the most accurate method to determine how much air your child’s lungs can hold.
  • Exercise testing – measures how well your child’s lungs work during vigorous activity.
  • Airway challenge studies – tests that mimic the conditions that trigger your child’s breathing challenges to provide insight into treatment options.

For more information or to schedule an appointment in Metairie, please call the Tulane Pediatric Specialty Clinic at (504) 988-6253. For an appointment at our Northshore Pediatric Clinic in Mandeville, call (985) 867-3876.