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Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Program

The Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) Program at Lurie Children's is dedicated to the care, investigation and outcomes of infants with chronic respiratory failure. BPD is the most common complication of prematurity, severely affecting 20% of infants born under 1kg. Often, these babies require a significant amount of support, including ventilation and feeding assistance, and may have cardiac consequences from their lung disease.


The Lurie Children's Difference

Led by neonatologists Megan Lagoski, MD, and Nicolas Porta, MD, the BPD Program is a collaborative team that provides comprehensive care for our patients. The program brings together experts from a wide range of specialties, offering resources, clinical excellence and supportive care. Our program addresses the complex needs of our patients and families, with personalized care every step of the way. You will work with a consistent team to create a treatment plan that is tailored to optimize your child's health. 

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Atharv’s Story: Team Approach to BPD Treatment Leads to Thriving at Home

First-time parents Chandni and Abhay waited two weeks to hold their son, Atharv. Born at 27 weeks weighing just 700 grams, Atharv spent his first two weeks at a local hospital. When he was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat, he was rushed to Lurie Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where a team of specialists was ready to take care of him. Read more.