Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis - Patient Care and Treatment

Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis - Patient Care and Treatment

Learn about the conditions we treat and clinical trials at Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis program. 

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Expert care for lung conditions

The Penn State Children’s Hospital Pediatric Pulmonary and Cystic Fibrosis program brings together many experts to care for children in and out of the hospital. We treat children of all ages - infants through teens - with sudden (acute) and ongoing (chronic) lung and breathing problems, including:

  • Aerodigestive problems (breathing, swallowing or digestive problems along with lung problems)
  • Asthma
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
  • Ongoing (chronic) cough
  • Ongoing (chronic) lung diseases
  • Ongoing (chronic) respiratory failure/insufficiency
  • Present at birth (congenital) lung anomalies
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF)
  • Forming (interstitial) lung diseases
  • Neuromuscular respiratory diseases (breathing problems that may come with brain or muscle diseases, such as muscular dystrophies and myasthenia gravis)
  • Sickle cell related lung disease
  • Sleep apnea (breathing problems during sleep)
  • Wheezing
  • Noisy breathing

We are committed to:

  • Providing outstanding patient care
  • Researching lung diseases and treatments

Our doctors take part in clinical research studies that might be available to your child.

Volunteers needed for clinical trials

Volunteering for a cystic fibrosis (CF) study is one way to help experts better understand the disease. Volunteers are an important link in a long chain of research and tests that may help create new therapies for many lung problems.

Why volunteer?

During clinical trials, researchers closely check new treatments to make sure they’re safe and effective. New cystic fibrosis drugs must be tested in people who have CF to be FDA approved. This is one way people with CF can help in the search for better ways to fight the disease.

Please talk to your doctor if you’re interested in taking part in a clinical trial.

For more information on clinical trials, please contact Research Nurse Coordinators Diane Kitch at 717-531-5646 or Lisa Allwein at 717-531-8196.

Contact us

Scheduling: 717-531-6807
Fax: 717-531-0761

Academic Office: 717-531-5338

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