Our Specialties & Conditions

  • Program

    Pain Management

    Learn about our different methods of making your child comfortable. Our anesthesiologists strive to make sure your child feels the least amount of pain possible during and after procedures.

  • Specialty

    Palliative Care

    Lurie Children's Pediatric Palliative Care team focuses on improving the quality of life for children and their families.

  • Condition

    Palpitations

    Heart palpitations in children, the uncomfortable awareness of heartbeats, are a common complaint. Learn more about palpitation causes, diagnosis and treatment.

  • Condition

    Panner Disease

    A condition affecting the growth plate at the end of the upper arm bone, in which it loses its blood supply and the nearby bone softens and collapses.

  • Condition

    Parasomnia

    Sleep disorders among children are common. Issues that disrupt sleep once it has started, such as sleepwalking and night terrors, are known as “parasomnias.”

  • Condition

    Parathyroid Disorders

    The parathyroid glands control the levels of calcium and phosphorus stored in the bones and circulated in the blood. Disorders occur either when the glands become either overactive or underactive. Learn more.

  • Condition

    Parkinsonism

    A group of symptoms usually including tremor, slowness of movement, rigidity, and postural instability, similar to Parkinson's disease, but resulting from several causes.

  • Condition

    Partial Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome

    A genetic defect causing the undifferentiated genitals of the developing baby to fail to respond correctly to male sex hormones, and not develop fully male characteristics.

  • Program

    Partial Hospitalization Program

    Lurie Children's Partial Hospitalization Program is an intensive, five-day treatment program serving children ages 10-14 requiring more intense treatment for psychiatric problems but can be safely maintained at home.

  • Condition

    Patella Tendonitis

    When the tendon connecting the kneecap to the shinbone and the tissues that surround it become irritated and painful from overuse, especially from jumping.

  • Condition

    Patellar Dislocation (Kneecap Dislocation)

    When the kneecap pops out of its usual place in the groove at the end of the thigh bone, often with sudden onset of pain and swelling.

  • Condition

    Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner's Knee)

    A common knee problem involving pain under and around the kneecap, usually in the soft-tissue supporting structures (patellar ligaments, bursae, and tendons).

  • Condition

    Patent Ductus Arteriosus

    A tube-like connection between the aorta and pulmonary artery, which usually closes shortly after birth, but sometimes doesn't close, commonly in premature infants.

  • Specialty

    Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

    Lurie Children's Pathology and Laboratory department offer expertise and state-of-the-art technology to deliver efficient, timely and high-quality services.

  • Treatment

    Pavlik Harness

    A brace used to treat long-term developmental problems of the hip, including a shallow hip socket or a dislocated hip.

  • Program

    PCOS Clinic

    Our Multidisciplinary PCOS Program is the only multidisciplinary clinic in Chicago dedicated to teens & young adults. Learn how our specialists can help.

  • Condition

    Pectus Carinatum

    Pectus Carinatum, or pigeon chest, causes the sternum, or breastbone, to protrude out in front of the rest of the chest. Get information on treatment here.

  • Condition

    Pectus Excavatum

    Pectus exacavatum, known as sunken chest or funnel chest, occurs in 1 in 400 births. Get information on chest wall deformity treatment here.

  • Treatment

    Pediatric Concussion Evaluation

    Pediatric concussion evaluations are conducted by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers with expertise in concussion care. Learn what to expect here.

  • Condition

    Pediatric Hernias

    A protrusion of tissue or an organ through an opening or weakness in the muscle wall that usually contains it. Infants can be born with them.

  • Program

    Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Program

    Lurie Children's offers physical therapy (PT) for our patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. Learn more.

  • Condition

    Penile Skin Bridge - Penile Adhesions

    Can result from a procedure such as circumcision if the skin around the head of the penis is not retracted during healing, but can also occur in uncircumcised young boys.

  • Program

    Perinatal Palliative Care

    The Perinatal Palliative Care Program offers support for families who have received a fetal diagnosis that is potentially life-threatening or life-limiting.

  • Condition

    Periodic Fevers

    The body's reaction to infection, common in children, most of the time going away in 2–3 days. Fevers in newborns and infants should, however, be evaluated by a physician.

  • Condition

    Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension

    Also called persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newborn or persistent fetal circulation syndrome, a serious breathing condition for newborns. Its cause is unknown.

  • Treatment

    PET/CT Scan

    A imaging test to detect cancer and neurological diseases, using special pictures taken after a tiny amount of a radioactive liquid is injected into a vein.

  • Condition

    PHACE(S) Syndrome

    An acronym for the syndrome: Posterior fossa malformations, Hemangioma, Arterial anomalies, Cardiac anomalies, Eye abnormalities, and Sternal clefting and supraumbilical raphe.

  • Condition

    Pharyngitis & Tonsillitis

    An infection of the pharynx and/or tonsils, very common in children, and usually caused by the Streptococcus virus, thus commonly referred to as “strep throat.”

  • Condition

    Phenylketonuria (PKU)

    An enzyme deficiency which prevents the metabolizing of one of the normal amino acids found in meat, bread, eggs, dairy, nuts and some fruits and vegetables.

  • Treatment

    PHOX2B Gene Test

    PHOX2B gene testing is performed by the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at Lurie Children's to detect mutations associated with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome-like symptoms.

  • Specialty

    Physical Therapy

    Our pediatric physical therapy team treats children with health issues associated with motor development and movement dysfunction due to disease or injury.

  • Treatment

    Physical Therapy for Children in the NICU/CCU

    Our physical therapists treat babies in the NICU and CCU who have had surgery or are diagnosed with a range of conditions.

  • Treatment

    Physical Therapy for Torticollis

    For children with torticollis, Lurie Children's physical therapists assess the needs of each child and provide treatment, home exercise and positioning suggestions.

  • Condition

    Pierre Robin Sequence

    A rare group of deformities affecting the head and jaw, sometimes connected with other abnormal developments in other parts of the body.

  • Program

    Pigmented Lesion Center

    The Pediatric Pigmented Lesion Clinic at Lurie Children’s provides the best possible care to children with complex pigmented lesions. Learn more.

  • Condition

    Pilonidal Cyst

    An abnormal pocket in the skin of the lower back, usually near the tailbone at the top of the cleft of the buttocks.

  • Condition

    Pityriasis Rosea

    A common disorder in children and young adults, characterized by scaly, pink, and inflamed skin.

  • Condition

    Plague

    A serious infectious disease in rodents that is also transmissible to humans through the bite of rat fleas.

  • Condition

    Plantar Fasciitis

    Inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, a band of tough, fibrous tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot, providing support for the arch of the foot.

  • Specialty

    Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    The Division of Plastic Surgery at Lurie Children's compassionately treats congenital defects in all children, from infancy to adolescence.

  • Condition

    Pneumonia

    An inflammation of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses or chemical irritants.

  • Condition

    Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

    Polycystic ovary syndrome is a group of symptoms that occur when the ovaries or adrenal glands produce too much male hormone. Learn more about PCOS in teens.

  • Condition

    Pompe Disease

    A rare genetic disease of the heart and skeletal muscles caused by a lack alpha-glucosidase which results in the build-up of glycogen, disabling heart and skeletal muscles.

  • Treatment

    Ponseti Method

    The Ponseti Method includes three phases of treatment for clubfoot: casting, Achilles tendon release and bracing.

  • Condition

    Portal Hypertension

    Pediatric portal hypertension is high blood pressure in the portal vein that carries blood to the liver. Learn about causes, symptoms & treatment options here.

  • Condition

    Portal Vein Thrombosis

    Portal vein thrombosis is a rare disorder in which a clot forms blocking the main portal vein going into the liver. Learn more.

  • Condition

    Posterior Urethral Valves

    Abnormal valves that prevent the normal release of urine, causing the kidneys and collecting systems to become overfilled and expanded.

  • Condition

    Posthemorrhagic Hydrocephalus (PHH)

    A build-up of fluid due to damage to blood vessels within the brain during the birth process and afterward.

  • Condition

    Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)

    A chronic condition most often seen after the onset of puberty, usually indicated by the elevation of heart rate upon standing, causing dizziness and palpitations.

  • Program

    POTS Program

    The POTS Program at Lurie Children’s provides comprehensive care to patients with cardiovascular symptoms of Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). Learn more.

  • Condition

    Precocious (Early) Puberty

    When the body’s changes toward sexual maturity start much sooner than usual: before girls are eight years old and before boys are nine years old.

  • Program

    Preventive Cardiology Program

    The Preventive Cardiology Program is committed to improving the health of children at risk for heart disease. We care for children who have cardiac risk factors for heart and vascular disease which may include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, and a family history of heart attacks and strokes.

  • Specialty

    Primary Care Pediatrics

    When your child comes down with a common illness or requires a routine check-up, you want to make sure they’re in expert hands. Lurie Children’s primary care services offer the right care in the right place at the right time.

  • Program

    Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Center of Excellence

    Lurie Children’s is one of a handful of institutions in the country – and the first in Illinois – to offer a Pediatric Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Center of Excellence accredited by the PCD Foundation.

  • Condition

    Primary Immune Deficiencies (PID)

    Primary immunodeficiency (PID) disorders are rare, genetic disorders that impair the immune system. There are more than 200 difference forms of PID.

  • Program

    Program in Inflammation, Immunity, and the Microbiome

    The Program in Inflammation, Immunity, and the Microbiome (PrIIMe) is dedicated to meeting the needs of pediatric patients with complex disorders of the immune system that affect multiple body systems. Learn more.

  • Condition

    Proteus Syndrome

    A rare, progressive overgrowth syndrome, involving different tissues, such as the nervous system, the skin and tissue below the skin, connective tissue and organs.

  • Treatment

    Proton Therapy

    Proton Therapy is offered through the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center.

  • Condition

    Prune Belly Syndrome

    Also called Eagle-Barrett syndrome or Obrinsky syndrome, characterized by poor development of abdominal muscles, undescended testicles, and urinary tract problems.

  • Condition

    Pseudotumor Cerebri (Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension)

    A condition caused by pressure around the brain that mimics a tumor when there is no tumor, thought to be caused by a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain.

  • Condition

    Psoriasis

    Childhood psoriasis is a chronic skin condition characterized by inflamed, red, raised areas that develop silvery scales. Learn more about causes and treatment.

  • Specialty

    Psychiatry

    Lurie Children's specializes in care for complex pediatric behavioral and mental health disorders by pediatric psychiatrists and psychologists.

  • Condition

    Psychogenic Non-neurological Syndromes

    Seizures, fainting, and other movement disorders which may have both organic and psychological causes.

  • Condition

    Psychoses

    Conditions that cause a loss of connection with reality, with symptoms including delusions, hallucinations, incoherent speech or nonsensical behavior.

  • Condition

    PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndrome

    A group of rare syndromes that result from mutations in the PTEN gene, a gene that normally stops cells from growing and dividing uncontrolled (“suppressor genes”).

  • Treatment

    Pubertal Suppression Therapy

    Pubertal suppression therapy is a non-invasive, reversible process for transgender and gender-questioning adolescents also referred to as “puberty blocking”.

  • Condition

    Pulmonary Atresia

    A heart malformation in which the valve from the right side of the heart that would normally allow the movement of blood from the heart to the lungs does not form.

  • Program

    Pulmonary Habilitation Program

    Many of Lurie Children's Pulmonary Habilitation Program patients come from neonatal or pediatric intensive care units throughout the Midwest, typically needing ventilators to help them breathe.

  • Condition

    Pulmonary Hypertension

    High blood pressure in the lungs, a disease of the very small blood vessels in the lungs, affecting not only the lungs but the heart as well.

  • Program

    Pulmonary Hypertension Service

    Lurie Children’s Pulmonary Hypertension Service cares for children of all ages with pulmonary hypertension, a disease of the very small blood vessels within the lungs, with expertise from Pulmonary Medicine, the Heart Center and Neonatology.

  • Specialty

    Pulmonary Medicine

    Our pediatric pulmonology department ranks nationally for pediatric pulmonary care. Learn more about our approach to pediatric pulmonary medicine & lung care.

  • Condition

    Pulmonary Stenosis

    A pulmonary valve that doesn't open properly, causing the right ventricle of the heart to pump harder, restricting the amount of blood reaching the lungs for oxygenation.

  • Program

    Pulmonary Valve Replacement

    When replacement of the pulmonary valve is recommended, it can be achieved two ways: surgery and catheterization. Lurie Children’s has experts in both areas so all patients can be managed successfully.

  • Condition

    Pulmonary Vein Stenosis

    Pulmonary vein stenosis is a rare but serious problem in which the veins that connect the lungs to the heart become narrowed. Learn more.

  • Program

    Pulmonary Vein Stenosis Program

    Lurie Children's Pulmonary Vein Stenosis Program is dedicated to working with families to provide the best, individualized treatment to all children with pulmonary vein stenosis. Learn more.

  • Treatment

    Pulsed Dye Laser

    Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) is used to treat various blood vessel conditions of the skin.

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