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Pulmonary Hypertension -- Child

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by Polsdorfer R

(Hypertension, Pulmonary—Child)

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Tests may include the following:
  • Blood tests
  • Blood gas determination —to check the concentration of gases in the blood
  • Chest x-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the chest
  • CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of structures inside the chest
  • Cardiac catheterization — a test that uses a catheter and an x-ray machine to assess the heart and its blood supply
  • Pulmonary function tests —a group of breathing tests to see how well the lungs are working
  • Echocardiogram —a test that uses sound waves to look at the size, shape, and motion of the heart
 

References


Children’s Hospital Boston. Pulmonary hypertension. Children’s Hospital Boston website. Available at: http://www.childrenshospital.org/az/Site510/mainpageS510P0.html . Accessed July 8, 2010.


Cincinnati Children’s. Pulmonary hypertension. Cincinnati Children’s website. Available at: http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/health/info/heart/diagnose/ph.htm . Accessed July 8, 2010.


Editorial staff and contributors. Cardiac catheterization. EBSCO Health Library website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/healthLibrary/ . Updated February 9, 2010. Accessed July 8, 2010.


Editorial staff and contributors. Echocardiogram. EBSCO Health Library website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/healthLibrary/ . Updated November 2, 2009. Accessed July 8, 2010.


Editorial staff and contributors. Pulmonary function tests. EBSCO Health Library website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/healthLibrary/ . Updated October 28, 2010. Accessed July 8, 2010.


McCoy K. CT scan (general). EBSCO Health Library website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/healthLibrary/ . Updated November 17, 2009. Accessed July 8, 2010.


Polsdorfer R. Pulmonary hypertension. EBSCO Health Library website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/healthLibrary/ . Updated February 10, 2010. Accessed July 8, 2010.

 

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