We use the following procedures to diagnose and treat your child:
- Bronchospasm Evaluation
- Plethysmography (Complete Pulmonary Function Tests)
- Stress Pulmonary Function Testing
- Synagis (anti-RSV Vaccine)
- RSV, Influenza, and Strep Testing
- Flexible Bronchoscopy (Hospital Procedure)
- Sleep Studies
- Sleep Studies with Extended EEG Montage (Nocturnal Epilepsy)
- Multiple Sleep Latency Test
- Apnea Monitor Download Interpretation
What is a Complete Plethysmography?
Complete Plethysmography or lung Plethysmography test, is used to measure how much air your child can hold in their lungs.
How is this test preformed?
Your child will sit in a small, airtight chamber that is partially or completely see-through and may resemble a phone booth. The Medical Assistant will put clips on your child’s nose to shut off air to nostrils. Your child will be asked to breathe or pant against a mouthpiece when it’s both opened and closed. This will provide your doctor with important measurements, including:
- TLC (total lung capacity)
- The amount of air left in your child’s lungs when they breathe out normally, which is called functional residual capacity (FRC)
- How much air is left when your child breathes out as much as possible, or residual capacity (RC) As your child’s chest moves while you breathe or pant, it changes the pressure and amount of air in the chamber. Breathing also changes the pressure against the mouthpiece. From these changes, your doctor can get an accurate measure of TLC, FRC, and RC.
Why is the test performed?
Allergy Skin Testing
During allergy skin tests, your child's skin is exposed to suspected allergy-causing substances (allergens) and is then observed for signs of an allergic reaction.
Why it's done
Information from allergy tests may help your doctor develop an allergy treatment plan that includes allergen avoidance or medications.
Allergy skin tests are widely used to help diagnose allergic conditions, including:
- Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
- Allergic asthma
- Dermatitis (eczema)
- Food allergies
- Bee venom allergy
Skin tests are generally safe for adults and children of all ages, including infants. In general, allergy skin tests are most reliable for diagnosing allergies to airborne substances, such as pollen, pet dander, and dust mites. Skin testing may help diagnose food allergies. But because food allergies can be complex, you may need additional tests or procedures.
Our office provides in house X-Rays to help diagnose your child quickly.
Pulmonary Function Test (PFT)
Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are noninvasive tests that show how well the lungs are working. The tests measure lung volume, capacity, rates of flow, and gas exchange. This information can help your healthcare provider diagnose and decide the treatment of certain lung disorders. Your child may have PFTs ordered if your healthcare provider needs help to analyze you with a health problem such as
- Respiratory infections
- Trouble breathing from injury to the chest or a recent surgery
- Chronic lung conditions, such as asthma, bronchiectasis, emphysema, or chronic bronchitis
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