Rare paediatric lung diseases
The lungs grow and develop throughout childhood. This explains why paediatric lung diseases have specific characteristics not seen in adults. There are dozens of known paediatric lung diseases.
Early recognition of a rare paediatric lung disease reduces the burden of the disease for the patient and family and facilitates early and appropriate treatment. This often reduces the risk of permanent organ damage and supports the overall development of the child.
A multiprofessional approach is always needed to examine rare diseases, and the approach to rare pulmonary diseases is by international networking and active communication among the health care units involved in this field of activity all over the world.
Paediatric lung diseases: consultations
The unit for paediatric pulmonary diseases is located in the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Tyks main hospital. The clinic treats rare lung diseases like cystic fibrosis, primary ciliary dyskinesia, parenchymal lung diseases and impaired respiratory control. We pursue active research and collaborate with university clinics in Finland and abroad. The responsible physician is Dr. Heikki Lukkarinen, Adjunct Professor. The unit provides external consultations, and patients may be referred by their physicians for treatment or examinations.