Children's National has one of the largest and most active pediatric sickle cell programs in the country. Many sickle cell patients have associated, unrecognized lung disease, and the Sickle Cell Pulmonary Clinic is dedicated exclusively for children and adolescents with sickle cell disease who require specialized pulmonary care.
Improving Patient Outcomes
Our goal is to moderate complications associated with the disease and help improve quality of life for patients — enable our young patients to enjoy a normal childhood as much as possible.
Our pulmonary physicians have the experience and expertise to accurately diagnose any pulmonary concerns. They work closely with hematologists to improve the pulmonary health of children with sickle cell disease and increase survival rates for children.
We see patients with referrals from Children’s hematology physicians, and patients referred for evaluation and treatment of acute chest syndrome, asthma, hypoxia, and recurrent pneumonia. Our team works closely with the Pulmonary Diagnostic Laboratory, which performs diagnostic pulmonary function testing with diffusion capacity. These tests measure the effectiveness of oxygen transfer between the lungs and the bloodstream.
Members of the Children’s National Sickle Cell Disease Program team explain the process and importance of blood donation for sickle cell patients and their families.