Flexible bronchoscopy may be used for the diagnosis and treatment of airway conditions. This procedure allows physicians to perform a direct visual examination of the child’s lungs and make an accurate diagnosis.
A bronchoscopy may be performed for:
Inflammation and infections, such as those caused by bacteria, viruses, tuberculosis, or fungus
Airway obstruction or strictures (narrowed areas)
Persistent cough or hemoptysis (coughing up blood)
Abnormal chest X-ray
Biopsy of tissue
Collection of specimens, such as sputum
Bronchoalveolar lavage (injecting fluid through the bronchoscope) to collect specimens
Community Outreach for Asthma Care and Health (COACH)
Our COACH team provides in-home assistance* to children who are insured through NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid or Charity Care, with the intent to reduce asthma triggers. We also provide education on managing your child’s asthma, including proper use of medication.
Home visitation program
Research shows that reducing asthma triggers in the home may decrease a child’s need for medications and increase symptom-free days. A Community Health Worker, with special asthma education training, will meet at your home to perform an assessment and discuss any possible asthma triggers, such as chemicals, cigarette smoke or pets.
The COACH team then partners with you, your child, and the pediatrician and pulmonologist to develop the best plan for managing your child’s asthma. Our goal is to decrease your child’s exposure to asthma triggers and provide an improved quality of life for the whole family.
*Please note this program is currently only available in Monmouth and Ocean counties.