The physicians in the Pulmonary Medicine Division have the expertise to evaluate and treat a wide variety of problems including asthma, acute and chronic pulmonary infections, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, sleep-disordered breathing, chronic cough, cystic fibrosis, dysfunctional swallowing, end-stage lung disease, interstitial lung diseases, lung failure, and breathing abnormalities. The 18-year-old division's goal has always been the same: to provide comprehensive medical care to children with lung disease.
The Johns Hopkins Cystic Fibrosis Center and the Cystic Fibrosis Research Development Center are dedicated to the study and treatment of cystic fibrosis. Leading researchers direct laboratory-based investigations to better understand the disease process. Clinical trials are conducted to test new therapeutics.
The Pediatric Sleep and Breathing Disorders Center is dedicated to the care of children from infancy to adolescence thought to be at risk for abnormal breathing during sleep or at risk for sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy and disturbed sleeping patterns. Active clinical research protocols are focused on improving our understanding of factors that contribute to sleeping and breathing problems in children and developing new approaches to therapy and studies of the long-term consequences of abnormal breathing during sleep on daytime behavior and performance.
Consultation services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A Family Copes with Cystic Fibrosis
At 5 months of age, Laney Siems continued to suffer a nagging cough and infections that wouldn't go away despite an array of antibiotics. Also troubling, she wasn't growing. "Our pediatrician would see some improvement, but then a decline," says Laney's mom, Caryl Siems. "There was something really, really wrong here." Her instincts were confirmed when Laney began to struggle to breathe one night. On her pediatrician's advice, Caryl took her to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center emergency room, where asthma was ruled out. Then, recognizing that Laney had the two hallmark symptoms of cystic fibrosis—persistent cough and failure to thrive—physicians ordered a sweat chloride test. Laney had CF. Caryl was devastated. Then she became an advocate.
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