Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine Services
At the Vermont Children’s Hospital, we provide comprehensive services for infants, children and adolescents with acute and chronic respiratory problems. Some of the common conditions our University of Vermont Medical Group pulmonary medicine specialists diagnose and treat include respiratory illness, asthma, congenital and acquired abnormalities of the respiratory tract, recurrent pneumonia and other chronic pulmonary diseases.
Asthma is one of the leading chronic illnesses among children in the United States, and one of the main causes for childhood hospitalizations under age 15.
Asthma in children is a chronic, inflammatory disease that occurs when the airways become sensitive to certain substances or infections that trigger a reaction in the bronchial tubes. This causes the airways to narrow and leads to asthma symptoms including coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing and fatigue.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening disease that affects the cells that produce mucus in the lungs, sweat, and digestive juices. It is an inherited condition and occurs when a defective gene causes these secretions to become thick and sticky, plugging up tubes and passageways in the body. Cystic fibrosis in children is chronic, progressive disorder. Recent advances in the care of patients with cystic fibrosis combined with an aggressive, early approach to treatment has resulted in much better rates of survival.
Many infants are born with or develop "noisy breathing" during the first few months of life. This noise can be due to floppy airways, a partial blockage of the windpipe, or compression by a blood vessel. These conditions can be evaluated with bronchoscopy.
Other conditions we treat include:
General Breathing Problems
- Airway obstruction
- Chest pain
- Chronic cough
- Exercise-induced respiratory symptoms
- Noisy breathing
Acute Pulmonary Conditions
- Acute bronchiolitis
- Acute life threatening events (ALTEs)
- Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
- Cyanotic spells
- Foreign body aspiration
- High altitude pulmonary edema
- Lung abscess
- Pleural effusion
- Pulmonary embolism
- Pulmonary hemorrhage
- Respiratory failure
- Shortness of breath
Chronic Pulmonary Conditions
- Chronic aspiration
- Chronic respiratory failure
- Chronic respiratory insufficiency
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Lung disease in premature infants (Bronchopulmonary dysplasia)
- Neuromuscular breathing problems
- Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD)
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Recurrent pneumonia
- Restrictive lung disease
- Ventilation or non-invasive ventilation
- Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD)
- Vocal cord paresis
- Central sleep apnea
- Congenital central hypoventilation syndrome
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Periodic breathing