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Children's Lungs and Breathing (Pulmonology)

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Lung specialists (pulmonologists) and other members of the care team at Children's of Mississippi provide evaluation and treatment for children with cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening genetic disease that can make breathing difficult.

As part of Mississippi’s only academic medical center, we offer clinical trials, when appropriate, testing new medications and techniques designed to improve CF treatments. Additionally, our program is accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

How does cystic fibrosis affect the body?

CF causes an unhealthy buildup of mucus that can clog some organs in the body, particularly the lungs and the pancreas. This unusually thick mucus causes germs to get stuck in the child’s airways and can lead to swelling, infections, and lung disease. Mucus can also clog the digestive tract and the pancreas, blocking substances, called enzymes, necessary for breaking down and absorbing food. People with CF often need to replace these enzymes with medicine.

A continuum of care beyond childhood

Our program parallels adult services at UMMC, home to the only Cystic Fibrosis Center in the state. Children in the pediatric program can seamlessly transition to the adult program between the ages of 18 and 21. This gives children with CF the advantage of consistent, expert care throughout childhood and beyond.

Services we offer:

  • Cystic fibrosis newborn screening
  • Sweat testing
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Cold air challenge (CACh) testing
  • Evaluation and treatment of patients on oxygen therapy
  • Evaluation and management of difficult-to-treat asthma
  • Evaluation of upper and lower airway disorders
  • Spirometry (breathing tests)
  • Flu and pneumonia vaccines
  • Laboratory testing
  • Diagnostic X-rays

Planning Your Visit

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Mississippi's first pediatric imaging suite is both kid-friendly and convenient.

Inside the pediatric imaging suite in Sanderson Tower, every detail is designed to combine advanced care with the comfort and compassion kids need for a positive experience during imaging services.

Where to Find Us

Family-friendly amenities to make your visit more comfortable.

Visitors to Sanderson Tower will find convenient spaces to eat, pick up last-minute items, rest, and reflect. Garage C, connected to Sanderson Tower by a covered walkway, offers the closest parking. It is easily accessed from Woodrow Wilson.

  1. Market Coffee

    Market Coffee (Sanderson Tower, Level G) is open daily with Starbucks® beverages, grab-and-go foods, and hot sandwiches.
  2. Gift Shop

    Children’s of Mississippi Gift Shop (Sanderson Tower, Level G) offers merchandise specially selected for pediatric patients and their parents, including stuffed animals, toys, snacks, and drinks.
  3. Interfaith Chapel

    The interfaith chapel (Sanderson Tower, Level G) is open 24 hours a day for quiet, meditation, and prayer.
  4. PICU/NICU Family Lounges

    The PICU (Level 3) and NICU floors (Levels 4 & 5) of Sanderson Tower feature lounges with refrigerators and washer dryers, where families of patients admitted to the PICU or NICU can eat, relax, and do laundry.

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At Children’s of Mississippi, our pediatric experts work together to complete a full circle of care for your child.

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