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Pediatric pulmonology

Pediatric pulmonologists diagnose and treat breathing problems in children. This includes an array of acute and chronic conditions that affect the lungs, ranging from difficult or noisy breathing to serious problems like sleep apnea and asthma.

Pediatric pulmonology services in Asheville, North Carolina

We help your children breathe easy so they can live easy.

At Mission Children's Hospital, located at Mission Hospital, we have Western North Carolina's only team of board-certified pediatric pulmonologists work to keep your kids active and free from lung issues.

Childhood lung diseases we treat

Depending on its severity, a pulmonary disorder can affect your child's lungs, pancreas and digestive tract. We prepare for this, treating a wide range of debilitating conditions in children, such as:

  • Asthma
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Narcolepsy
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Noisy breathing
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Recurring pneumonia
  • Restrictive lung disease
  • Sleep apnea

Our pediatric pulmonary program

Pulmonary complications can arise from blocked airflow or effects on the muscles that allow your child to breathe. We take time to assess which type of condition is affecting them, and work to establish a personalized treatment plan to help them overcome it.

Diagnostic testing we provide

Pulmonary conditions don't just affect your child's daily life: they affect their quality of rest. Particularly in kids, not getting enough sleep and experiencing sleep interruptions can be detrimental to overall health and development. As such, our pediatric pulmonologists offer different types of testing to monitor pulmonary function and its effects on the health of your child.

We are home to the most comprehensive outpatient pulmonary lab in the region, staffed by a team of board-certified pediatric radiologists, pulmonary function technicians, social workers, nutritionists and Child Life specialists. These dedicated professionals work together to both understand the full scope of your child's condition and give you the tools to combat it. This begins with testing, which can include:

  • Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) — PFTs measure lung volume, capacity, amount of air inhaled and exhaled during breathing, the amount of air left in the lungs after a breath and the overall rate of air flow. Examples of PFTs we offer include spirometry, plethysmography, fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) testing, impulse oscillometry and full exercise testing.
  • Sleep studies — These overnight tests are performed under the observation of our highly-trained sleep specialists, who monitor brain waves, blood-oxygen levels, eye and leg movements, heart rate and quality and rate of breathing during sleep.

Pediatric asthma treatment program

We strive to ensure that the children of Western North Carolina have access to extensive pulmonary care, regardless of location. Our hospital's regional asthma disease management program was designed to address health disparities in underserved and impoverished children living with asthma in rural communities. With a family-focused approach built on learning to manage environmental triggers, we connect kids and families with other community resources to help improve conditions.

Children in certain areas can be at higher risk for lower school performance, decreased attendance, fragile nutritional status and inadequate housing. Through our program, you and your children can be given evidence-based care and education at homes, at your childcare center, your child's school or other community sites. We embrace a holistic approach based in compassion and advocacy, and accept referrals from your child’s primary care provider, school nurse or social worker.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) care clinic tour

Located a short drive from Mission Hospital in Reuter Outpatient Center, our accredited CF center offers a variety of additional services, including pediatric endocrinology and gastroenterology.

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