Paediatric respiratory medicine

Caring for children with breathing problems. Specialist expertise in treating babies and children with a range of respiratory and thoracic conditions.

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Respiratory medicine for children

Our expert paediatric respiratory consultants care for children with a range of respiratory conditions. This includes:

  • asthma
  • acute and chronic respiratory infections
  • chronic ventilator dependency
  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia.

We cover all aspects of paediatric respiratory medicine, from wheezy infants and chronic coughs to cystic fibrosis. 

Need to know

Our respiratory expertise

Our on-site diagnostic facilities test for a range of respiratory disorders, helping our consultants deliver the best treatment for your child. Common tests include:

An endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is used to take tissue samples from the lungs or the lymph nodes in the chest. It may be used to check for lung cancer, other cancers that are suspected of spreading to the lymph nodes, lymphoma and other non-cancerous conditions such as sarcoidosis or tuberculosis.

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our consultant may recommend that you have a bronchoscopy for various reasons, from investigating a persistent cough to taking a mucus sample if you have a lung infection. There are two different types of bronchoscopy: flexible rigid. A flexible bronchoscopy is more commonly used.

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Asthma is a common condition that causes lung inflammation and makes it difficult to breathe. This inflammation is sometimes caused by allergies or overly sensitive airways. A bronchial challenge test ‘challenges’ your airways by asking you to inhale doses of a powder and then measures your lungs' reaction.

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Spirometry assesses whether your airways are obstructed or if the movement of your lungs is restricted. It may be recommended if you're experiencing breathlessness or a persistent cough, or if you may have asthma. Spirometry is also used to monitor treatment for an existing condition.

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Our paediatric respiratory specialists

Our consultants and their teams at The Portland Hospital have special expertise in diagnosing and treating babies and children with respiratory conditions including

Paediatric respiratory medicine Consultants

Dr Benjamin Jacobs

Dr Benjamin Jacobs

Paediatrics

Dr Atul Gupta

Dr Atul Gupta

Paediatrics

Professor George Du Toit

Professor George Du Toit

Paediatrics

Dr Elia Maalouf

Dr Elia Maalouf

Paediatrics

Our Paediatric respiratory medicine locations

The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.