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Our staff is expert in the diagnosis and management of asthma in infants, children and adolescents. We provide comprehensive asthma education for patients in need of better asthma control and our goal is to allow children to engage in all age-appropriate activities with a minimum level of medication.
Special services provided by our group include:
Asthma is on the rise in the United States. The incidence among children in the Boston area is as high as 12 percent. Children with asthma often miss school, lose sleep and have impaired physical ability and activity. As part of the Partners Asthma Center, our physicians, nurses and pulmonary-function technicians work together to provide the finest possible care for children with asthma.
The Pulmonary Function Testing Laboratory at MassGeneral Hospital for Children has comprehensive state-of-the-art facilities for performing and interpreting pulmonary function testing in children. The lab is registered with the American Thoracic Society and serves the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Accredited Care Center.
At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.
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Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the airways become sensitive to allergens (any substance that triggers an allergic reaction).
Approximately 6.5 million children have been diagnosed with asthma according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Asthma is one of the most common, serious, chronic diseases among children, accounting for 14 million absences from school each year.
A pulmonary function test (PFT) helps clinicians determine the level of inflammation in the airways and are used to check the status of a patient’s asthma. Here, Erik Hinderlie, a pediatric asthma program coordinator at MGH Chelsea, and Elizabete Gomes share what patients should expect during a PFT in their pediatrician’s office.
Jonathan Winickoff, MD, MPH, a primary care physician and tobacco researcher at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, shares insight into the dangers of e-cigarettes, especially for children and young adults with asthma.
Drs. Diana Balekian and Paul Hesterberg, Allergy and Immunology specialists, share insights in allergies and asthma and preventive ways to care for the conditions.
Pediatric Asthma Coordinator Erik Hinderlie answers questions about the condition that affects 6.3 million children in the US.
At least 7 million children experience shortness of breath, wheezing recurring cough caused by asthma. This May, the MGH marks Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month to educate parents about how to better manage their child’s asthma and allergies.
MassGeneral Hospital for Children(MGHFC) recently rolled out two new clinics – the Angelman Syndrome Clinic and the Child and Adolescent Medical Psychiatry (ChAMP) Clinic – and a new weight and asthma program, Inspired Health.
James M. Perrin, MD, FAAP, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and chief of general pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children for over 25 years, is running for the presidency of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). A passionate public policy leader, Perrin shares his background and objectives, and encourages members of the Academy to vote in the 2012 election starting August 31st through September.
MGHfC Pediatric Asthma Program
MGH Professional Office Building
Pulmonary Function Testing Laboratory
For testing appointments please call: 617-724-0703 or 617-724-2992Orders can be faxed: 617-724-2803 (ATTN: Pulmonary Function Laboratory)
To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.
Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.
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