Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD): Tests
, or chILD, is a broad term for a group of rare lung diseases that can affect babies, children, and teens. These diseases have some similar symptoms, such as , rapid breathing, and shortness of breath.
Diagnosis of Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD)
Doctors diagnose (chILD) based on a child’s medical and family histories and the results from tests and procedures. To diagnose chILD, doctors may first need to rule out other diseases as the cause of a child’s symptoms.
Early diagnosis of chILD may help doctors stop or even reverse lung function problems. Often though, doctors find chILD hard to diagnose because:
Going to a pediatric pulmonologist who has experience with chILD is helpful. A pediatric pulmonologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating children who have lung diseases and conditions.
Medical and Family Histories
Your child’s medical history can help his or her doctor diagnose chILD. The…