Treatment

What We Treat:

Pediatric Pulmonology Treatments

Our healthcare team at Pediatric Pulmonology of Central Georgia (PPCG) provides pediatric pulmonology treatment plans through a comprehensive approach to your child’s respiratory problems.

Dr. James Logan is a well-known and experienced pediatric pulmonologist who works closely with other pediatricians and sub-specialists to diagnose and treat acute and chronic respiratory disease and other lung disorders in children.

Pulmonary function testing, bronchoscopy and radiologic tests are some of the advanced technologies used to test lung function in children resulting in a comprehensive treatment plan for patients.

PPCG specializes in providing comprehensive pediatric pulmonology treatments for children with respiratory disorders and symptoms.

We Treat Childhood Disorders and Diseases

Childhood Allergies – Almost any food or food additive can cause an allergic reaction in children. Common triggers in infant and young children include milk, soy, eggs, peanuts and wheat while older children can have allergic reactions to nuts and seafood.

Food allergy symptoms manifest in a variety of ways depending on the individual which is why it can be difficult to properly diagnose and treat. A food allergy is an exaggerated immune response to diet and can present with a rash, GI or respiratory symptoms and even anaphylaxis.

Non-immune response to diet includes conditions like lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastroenteritis.

Children can often outgrow allergies depending on the allergen and mechanism.

The relationship between symptoms to foods must be assessed by skin testing where food reactions are present.

Asthma is characterized by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing. Even though it is a chronic disease, the severity and frequency of symptoms varies greatly depending on the individual. Asthma has a relatively low rate of fatality. Some 235 million people suffer from asthma worldwide.

It is the most common chronic childhood disease affecting over 9% of children in the United States. Asthma is still under-diagnosed and under-treated and can restrict activities over a lifetime when not treated.

Appropriate management of symptoms can control the disease since like many diseases it is not curable.

Dr. Logan demonstrating with a patient how to properly use an asthma inhaler.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disorder that creates an abnormally thick mucus lining in the lungs and can lead to fatal lung infections. It affects the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems and can also result in obstructions of the pancreas. To have the disease, an individual must inherit two defective CF genes, one from each parent. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the incidence of CF in the United States is reported to be 1 in every 3,500 births.  The severity of CF varies depending on how much the lung and other systems such as the GI are affected.

New treatments, testing and gene therapy holds great promise for treating childhood cystic fibrosis.

 

Neuromuscular disorders include epilepsy, movement disorders, neuromuscular diseases, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, Tourette’s syndrome and much more. We expertly diagnose and treat a wide range of neurological disorders in children. Treatment often requires a multi-disciplinary approach to care.

Neonatal care requires outstanding compassionate care of the newborn in a supportive environment equipped to deal with critically ill newborns who need specialized medical treatment due to pre-term birth.

James J. Logan, M.D. is a neonatal lung specialist at the neonatal ICU center at Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, a leading center for expert neonatal care serving a wide geographic area. He works closely with sub-specialists at the hospital to ensure comprehensive care to the smallest babies.

Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease where the lungs become scarred and thickened due to any number of causes including infections and exposure to asbestos.

Recurrent pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs that is called, ‘recurrent’ when it occurs more than once a year.

Respiratory symptoms such as chronic cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, intermittent breathing, and chest tightness can be signs of asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, postnasal drip and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). A trained pediatric pulmonologist can diagnose these symptoms and recommend the most effective treatment for each condition.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that passes from parent to child. At-risk babies can be tested for the sickle cell trait or the disease itself by the age one.  The disease causes pain in the hands, feet, belly, back or chest and may last for days. Often these symptoms are accompanied by anemia. If diagnosed, treatment requires life-long education and maintenance. Initial treatment involves immunizations, antibiotics, and a daily vitamin regimen.

Sleep apnea is a common disorder involving shallow breaths during sleep or where one or more pauses in breathing during sleep occurs.