Congenital Lung Malformations

The advent of prenatal ultrasound technology and other modern diagnostic tools have enabled clinicians to better diagnose lung malformations in babies early on during pregnancy.

At the University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Children’s Hospital, a multidisciplinary team of pediatric subspecialists, including surgeons, neonatologists and obstetricians work in lock-step to ensure the right treatment plan is crafted for both the mother and baby.

In cases where surgical intervention is called for, our pediatric surgeons are prepared to meet the needs of babies with these challenging lung diseases, including:

  • Congenital pulmonary airway malformations
  • Congenital lobar emphysema
  • Pulmonary sequestration
  • Bronchogenic cysts

Our team is proficient in using the latest technology and techniques, including video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, to resect malformations.

Postoperatively, our team continues to support and monitor the recovery of patients. In addition to proper pain management, dedicated healthcare specialists including physical therapists teach families and patients how to perform deep-breathing exercise to aid in lung expansion and to minimize the risk of lung complications.