Akron Children’s Hospital brings pediatric pulmonary function lab to the Mahoning Valley

Akron Children’s brings pulmonary function lab to Valley

Pulmonary Function Lab


Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley is now offering comprehensive testing for children with lung disorders with the opening of the new pediatric-only pulmonary function lab.

Located in the Boardman Medical Pavilion, the lab offers complete pulmonary function testing to assist with the diagnosis and management of lung disease, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis, in children and teens. Akron Children’s Hospital’s campus in Akron and the hospital’s services at the Boardman Medical Pavilion are currently the only two pediatric only pulmonary function labs in a 23-county primary service area.

“Services provided through the lab will allow patients suffering from lung disorders to undergo all necessary testing in one central location. For our patients in Youngstown, Warren and surrounding communities, that central location is now in their backyard,” said John McBride, M.D., director, Robert T. Stone, M.D., Respiratory Center.

All tests performed at the lab comply with the standards established by the American Thoracic Society.

The pediatric pulmonary function laboratory at Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley offers an array of diagnostic tests for children and adolescents including:
• Spirometry
• Maximum voluntary ventilation (MVV)
• MEP and MIP (maximal expiratory and inspiratory pressures)
• Lung volume
• Diffusion capacity
• Exercise challenge
• Methacholine challenge

Pediatric patients suffering from shortness of breath, wheezing, chronic cough, exercise-induced asthma or uncontrolled asthma will be referred to the lab for pulmonary function testing.

Akron Children's Hospital Mahoning Valley pediatric pulmonologists, nurse clinicians and respiratory therapists specialize in treating lung diseases, including asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, chronic respiratory failure, apnea, cystic fibrosis and reactive airway disease. To learn more visit

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