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Department of pediatric pulmonology

Prof. Dr. Fazilet Karakoc
pediatric pulmonology

About the department

The department of pediatric pulmonology at Memorial Sisli Hospital Istanbul offers highly specialized medical services for diagnosing and treating pediatric lung and respiratory diseases. Doctors also have successful experience in treating small patients with rare lung diseases. Particular attention is paid to early diagnosis, counselling of parents and the selection of optimal treatment regimens. The department has well-equipped diagnostic rooms with the ability to perform spirometry, body plethysmography, inhalation provocation tests and lung diffusivity. The necessary set of diagnostic measures is determined by the results of a clinical examination and complaints of a young patient. The department's pride is a multidisciplinary team consisting of pediatric pulmonologists, nurses, nutritionists, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers and clinical pharmacists. Each specialist sets himself the goal of providing comprehensive medical care that would be as safe and comfortable as possible for the child.

Clinical activities focus on treating bronchial asthma, cystic fibrosis, severe respiratory tract infections and chronic inflammatory lung diseases. The therapeutic possibilities of the department include modern conservative therapy. The primary method of treating pulmonary diseases in children is drug therapy, which is often supplemented with inhalations, breathing exercises and therapeutic programs. The department specialists also perform therapeutic flexible bronchoscopy, for example, to remove foreign bodies from the respiratory tract.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Recurrent cough
  • Bronchial asthma
  • Viral or bacterial pneumonia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
  • Emphysema 
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Chronic lung problems
  • Upper respiratory tract infections
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Wheezing
  • Sleep disturbance, sleep apnea

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination (auscultation)
  • Laboratory and biochemical tests 
  • Allergological diagnostics (IgE and prick test)
  • Spirometry (pulmonary function or breathing test)
  • Stress test on a treadmill
  • Sweat test (measures the amount of chloride)
  • Newborn screening
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography (CT scan) 
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) 
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) 
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Doppler and duplex sonography 
  • Diagnostic bronchoscopy 

Treatment:

  • Pharmaceutical therapy 
  • Corticosteroid therapy 
  • Treatment bronchoscopy 
  • Inhalation therapy 
  • Specific and non-specific immune therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Intravenous antibiotic therapy
  • Oxygenation and non-invasive mask ventilation
  • Other treatment options 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 2009 - 2009 Professor, Istanbul/Turkey
  • 2003 - 2003 Associate Professor, Istanbul/Turkey
  • 1998 - 2000 Pediatric Pulmonary Diseases Superior Specialization Education, University of Arizona, USA
  • 1995 - 1998 Pediatric Chest Diseases Minor Specialization Training, Marmara University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1991 - 1995 Child Health and Diseases Specialization Training, Marmara University Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1985 - 1991 Medical Doctor Education, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey

Experience

  • 2012 Pediatric Chest Diseases Specialist \ Child Health and Diseases Specialist, Memorial Atasehir Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2012 Pediatric Chest Diseases Specialist \ Child Health and Diseases Specialist, Memorial Sisli Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 1995 Pediatric Chest Diseases Department Lecturer, Marmara University Faculty of Medicine Istanbul, Turkey

Awards, memberships, publications

  • American Thoracic Society
  • European Respiratory Society
  • Pediatric Chest Diseases Association
  • Pediatric Respiratory Diseases and Cystic Fibrosis Society
  • National Pediatric Association and Turkish Pediatric Association
  • Thorax Society
  • Turkish Education Foundation 'Dr. Orhan Birman Scholarship' 
  • European Respiratory Society's Research Fellowship Scholarship 
  • Award for Best Poster in Pulmonology at European Cystic Fibrosis Conference
  • Turkish Thoracic Society 10th Annual Congress Mini-Symposium Award
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