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Bronchoscopy and Airway Management


A Detailed Diagnosis

Symptoms of minor and serious breathing disorders may overlap. Our state-of-the-art bronchoscopy lab is fitted with specialized equipment, including small fiber optic scopes for small children as well as older ones. Working hand-in-hand with our nationally renowned physicians, they offer the insight we need for a more accurate diagnosis, and advanced capabilities for more effective treatment of your child's symptoms, including:

  • Congenital airway malformations
  • Noisy breathing in infancy
  • Chronic cough
  • Vocal cord dysfunction
  • Tracheobronchomalacia (softening or damage of airway tissues)
  • Chronic or recurrent pneumonia
  • Sleep abnormalities, including apnea and breath-holding ("blue spells")
  • Tracheal obstructions
  • Feeding disorders

A Special Team for Treatment

CHAM's airway management program is the only one of its kind in the northeastern United States. Treatment of a pediatric airway disorder is often complex. To determine the best surgical or medical treatment options for your child, our nationally renowned specialists, including John Bent, MD, Michelle Nassar, MD, Raanan Arens , MD, Gissle Barrasa, MD. Kelly Adams,DO, and Samuel Weinstein, MD, work as a multidisciplinary team with other experts: 

  • Pediatric pulmonologists
  • Pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialists
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons
  • Pediatric critical care specialists
  • Pediatric radiologists
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Highly skilled nursing staff

Our multidisciplinary Airway Team of physicians and other health professionals has a national reputation for treating complex airway conditions arising in the neonatal period and later during childhood. We use many sophisticated techniques and technology to assess airway function, including bronchoscopy, state-of-the-art imaging techniques, pulmonary function tests, and sleep studies. Each child is evaluated individually by all team members, to establish optimal management and follow-up through full recovery. 

At CHAM, we focus on our patients first (from newborns through young adults), but we know that respiratory conditions can be a quality-of-life issue for parents and other caregivers as well. Our family-centered approach includes close, specialized, consultation and counseling. From diagnosis through treatment and recovery, we help everyone work together for better health and everyday living.