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Center for Pediatric Otolaryngology

Pediatric Otolaryngology

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; deep neck infections: salivary gland disease; craniofacial anomalies; head & neck trauma; temporal bone trauma; cervical cysts and sinuses; implantable hearing devices; aerodigestive tract foreign bodies; neoplasms of the head and neck; airway obstruction and sleep apnea; tracheotomy in neonates and infants; congenital nasal masses, stenosis and atresia; congenital and acquired anomalies of the airway; vascular and pigmented lesions of the head and neck; congenital anomalies of the external, middle, and inner ear; complications of otitis media and eustachian tube dysfunction.

“Special” children with ENT Problems
Asthma; cystic fibrosis; premature infants; immune deficiency; organ transplants; developmental delay disorders of coagulation; neurologic or neuromuscular impairment; craniofacial disorders and velopharyngeal insufficiency; 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.