The Pediatric Otolaryngology Division Provides comprehensive care for the treatment of childhood disorders of the ears, nose, throat, face and neck. Our specialists in pediatric otolaryngology have completed special training focusing on the anatomic, physiologic, and psychological changes that occur as a child matures. While many families seek the expertise for more common conditions, the clinical practice is focused on the care of the children with “special” ENT problems and ENT problems in “special children”. Our physicians are skilled in the management of children with complicated or unusual disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck, and understand how underlying pediatric medical conditions may impact on their ENT care.
Children with “special" ENT problems
- Cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies
- Salivary gland disease
- Cervical Cysts and sinuses of the head and neck
- Cochlear implants and other implantable hearing devices
- Aerodigestive tract foreign bodies
- Tumors of the head and neck
- Airway obstruction and sleep apnea
- Congenital and acquired anomalies of the ear, nose, throat and airway
- Hemangiomas and vascular lesions of the head and neck
- Complications of otitis media and eustachian tube dysfunction.
“Special” children with ENT Problems
- Cystic fibrosis
- Premature infants
- Immune deficiency
- Organ transplants
- Developmental delay disorders of coagulation
- Neurologic or neuromuscular impairment
- Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities.
Our pediatric otolaryngologists work closely with their colleagues in general pediatrics to formulate long-term treatment plans for children with chronic illness, and to provide care for children needing urgent ENT intervention. Based at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, they consult frequently with pediatric sub specialists in such areas as allergy, pulmonology, dentistry, infectious diseases, and hematology/oncology to provide care for children with complex medical problems. Ancillary services at the hospital as audiology, speech-language pathology, radiology, and blood drawing cater to the special needs of children. Children requiring surgical intervention are cared for by specialist in pediatric anesthesia and nurses specifically trained in the pre-operative and post-operative management of children.