Pulmonary Core

A joint effort between the pulmonary function testing laboratories of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania's Airway Biology Initiative (ABI) allows for comprehensive pulmonary testing from infancy to adulthood.

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Services for pediatric ( > 4 years) and adult subjects:

  • Thoracic gas volume by plethysmography
  • Spirometry
  • Diffusion limitation to carbon monoxide (DLCO)
  • Methacholine challenge
  • Maximal inspiratory and expiratory muscle pressure measurements (MIP/MEP)
  • Airways resistance measurements by plethysmography

Infant / Toddler testing (< 90 cm length): Ferraris IPL infant pulmonary function testing system

  • Raised volume rapid thoracic compression technique / spirometry
  • Partial forced flows
  • Lung volumes by plethysmography or by nitrogen washout
  • Tidal breathing measurements
  • Cold air challenge

Other testing for children (> 8 years) and adults:

  • Forced Oscillation
  • Exhaled Nitric Oxide
  • Exhaled breath condensate
  • Sputum induction and hemocytometry


Oscar H. Mayer, MD
Phone: 215-590-3749
Email: mayero@email.chop.edu

Reynold Panattieri, MD
Phone: 215-573-9860
Email: rap@mail.med.upenn.edu

Pulmonary Function Lab Manager
William Russell
Phone: 215-662-9250
Email: russellw@uphs.upenn.edu

Technical Directors:

Maureen De Palma, RRT, RPFT
Phone: 215-590-7749
Email: mdepalma@email.chop.edu

William Russell, RPFT
Phone: 215-662-9250
Email: russellw@uphs.upenn.edu