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Children's Hospital Colorado Children’s Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD) Program is one of the leading referral centers in the world for children with these rare lung conditions. Research in our hospital and in collaboration with other pediatric ILD centers around the country has led to the recognition and understanding of many new chILD disorders.
One of the most important and challenging aspects of chILD is to get the correct diagnosis through sometimes necessary testing. Our center is world renowned for our diagnostic ability and testing facilities, and provides consultation to patients and health care providers around the world. Hear what Dr. Robin Deterding says about the future of chILD (scroll toward the bottom of the page)
Our physicians are leaders in the National chILD Research Collaborative, which consists of pediatric lung, pathology and radiology specialists in North America who are committed to improving care for children with these conditions. The Children's Colorado chILD Program has advanced testing programs in ILD for children related to CT scans, infant pulmonary function testing, bronchoscopy (.pdf) and lung biopsies, when needed. Our physicians have grants to study and find new treatments and cures for chILD.
Our multidisciplinary care team of pediatric lung specialists, pathologists, radiologists, nutritionists, social workers and nurse specialists brings a wide range of experience and expertise. Our goal is to create the most individualized ILD care plan possible for your child and family. Multidisciplinary care is critical to meet the needs of patients with these complex conditions.
We also provide resources for healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat chILD.
The Children's Hospital Colorado chILD Program provides care for a broad range of lung disorders including:
Disorders more common in infancy
Disorders associated with a normal immune system
Disorders related to body-wide processes
Disorders associated with a weakened immune system
Disorders that resemble interstitial disease
Our advanced medical equipment and state-of-the art hospital provide for diagnostic tests including:
Many different types of medications may be used to treat chILD. These medications are frequently delivered by a device to deposit the medication in your lungs.