Services & Specialties

We provide thorough diagnosis, treatment, and comprehensive care of asthma and other lung disorders.

Dr. Shah Performing Spirometry Testing

Pulmonary Function Testing

Pulmonary function tests (PFT’s), also called breathing tests, measure how well your child can move air in and out of his or her lungs. PFT’s are an important component in the decision making process for children with lung disorders. PFT’s will help Dr. Shah tell if your child has lung disease, how severe it is, and what medications may help. A specially trained and patient staff member will explain the test to you and your child. The staff will coach your child throughout the test with the goal to make the breathing test stress free. You will be advised not to give specific types of medications (usually short-acting bronchodilator or combination inhalers) to your child 12 to 24 hours prior to testing. Your child may be asked to perform PFT’s in the pulmonary function lab at Dr. Shah’s office.

Spirometry with bronchodilator response testing. Spirometry is the most common breathing test performed in children. It is a safe and painless test. It is typically performed in children > 5 years of age. Spirometry is a useful investigation for diagnosing and monitoring a variety of respiratory disorders in children such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. It can also be used to help evaluate the cause of cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Spirometry measures the volume of air that can be exhaled from the lung after your child takes his/her largest possible breath and measures how fast the air comes out. Your child may be asked to breathe in a bronchodilator medication (most often albuterol) which relaxes the muscle surrounding the breathing tubes after completing the first breathing test in order to see if there is an improvement in your child’s breathing.

Impulse Oscillometry (IOS) is a simple, noninvasive test which requires minimal patient cooperation and can be performed in both pre-school and school-aged children. IOS is useful in children for the diagnosis of airway hyperreactivity and airway obstruction-for example, a child with chronic cough or recurrent wheezing. IOS has been studied in a number of respiratory disorders in children such as asthma, lung disease secondary to premature birth (bronchopulmonary dysplasia), and cystic fibrosis. Just like spirometry, IOS has been found to be valuable in measuring response to bronchodilators (albuterol) in patients with asthma.

Measurement of fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO). This is a test of measuring airway inflammation and serves as a complementary tool to spirometry, IOS, and other lung function tests in assessing airway disease in asthma and potential cause of respiratory symptoms. In addition, FeNO helps assess potential response to inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), allows for monitoring of persistent asthma, helps guide changes in doses of ICS, and assist in the evaluation of compliance with anti-inflammatory medications. This test is typically performed in children > 5 years of age.

Measurement of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) using NIOX VERO device

Measurement of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) using NIOX VERO device

Our Specialties

Asthma

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Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

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Chest Pain

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Chronic Cough

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Chronic Respiratory Failure

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Congenital Lung Disease

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Cystic Fibrosis

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Exercise-Related Breathing Problems

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Flexible Bronchoscopy

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Neuromuscular Respiratory Disease

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Noisy Breathing

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Recurrent Pneumonia

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Family Centered Care

We are dedicated to improving the quality of life of infants, children, and adolescents through diagnosis, treatment, and comprehensive care of asthma and other lung disorders. Dr. Shah’s approach to patient care is being a “caregiver,” putting his patient’s best interests first. He is committed to building a meaningful relationship with his young patients and their families so that they have an a positive experience.

Treatment and management of respiratory illnesses can be challenging and often difficult to diagnose in infants and young children. For many children and parents, difficulty with breathing can be frightening. That’s why we believe in providing educational support to our patients and families. At the core of our philosophy we believe an educated, informed patient and family is vital in order to maximize treatment objectives.

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To find out how Children’s Asthma & Lung Specialists can make a difference call (844) KID-LUNG
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ASHISH C. SHAH, M.D.

3086 Route 27, Suite 10
Kendall Park, NJ 08824
PHONE: (844) KID-LUNG
FAX: (844) 314-1144
info@childrensasthmaandlung.com

Serving Central NJ and the surrounding area.