Otolaryngology (ENT)

Driscoll Children’s Hospital Pediatric Otolaryngology (ENT) is dedicated to the ear, nose and throat problems in children and adolescents.

The ENT service offers, on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, medical and surgical management of conditions related to the ear, nose, sinuses, throat, neck and airway using the latest guidelines for medical treatment and the most advanced techniques for surgical treatment.

In preparation for your child’s visit please remember to bring:

  1. A current list of all medications that your child is taking
  2. Any recent lab work, x-rays, CT scan or MRI results
  3. A Photo ID is required at check in for all guardians

Our team offers integrated, comprehensive care in a child-friendly and family-centered environment. While the treatments listed here involve surgery, our doctors only recommend surgical treatment when other methods have not been successful or if surgery is determined to be necessary for the continued health and well-being of your child.

Conditions Treated

Ear disorders

  • Ear infection (otitis media)
  • Hearing loss
  • Cholesteatoma (skin cyst in middle ear)
  • Ruptured eardrum

Nasal problems

  • Chronic rhinorrhea (runny nose)
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Nasal mass
  • Sinusitis (sinus infection)
  • Nosebleeds (epistaxis)

Throat disorders

  • Tonsillitis and sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Sleep apnea
  • Vocal cord lesions
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Swallowing problems
Head and neck disorders

  • Head and neck mass
  • Enlarged or diseased lymph nodes in the neck
  • Hemangiomas and vascular malformations
  • Salivary gland mass
  • Thyroid tumor or mass
  • Facial paralysis

Airway disorders

  • Stridor
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Vocal cord paralysis
  • Masses that narrow the airway, such as recurrent respiratory papilloma, hemangiomas or lymphangioma
  • Laryngotracheal stenosis
  • Foreign body in throat

Children often benefit from the input of multiple specialists before a final treatment plan is formulated. The ENT clinic works with Driscoll’s Craniofacial and Cleft Center, as well as the Respiratory Department, to provide multidisciplinary care, including:

  • Audiology
  • Speech and swallow pathology
  • Pediatric genetics
  • Developmental pediatrics
  • Pediatric pulmonology
  • Plastic surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Thoracic surgery

Surgeries We Perform

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Airway evaluation: microlaryngoscopy and bronchoscopy
  • Airway reconstruction (narrow airway repair)
  • Airway: removal of foreign bodies
  • Choanal atresia repair
  • Congenital lesions: excision of head and neck congenital lesions
  • Ear surgery
  • Ear tubes (tympanostomy tubes)
  • Hypernasal speech treatment
  • Mastoidectomy
  • Neck abscesses: drainage and treatment
  • Neck masses: surgical removal and medical treatment of head and neck masses
  • Parathyroid surgery
  • Septoplasty
  • Sinus surgery: endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tracheotomy
  • Traumatic injuries: repair of facial and neck injuries
  • Tympanoplasty: repair of perforated ear drum
  • Tympanostomy
  • Vocal cord surgery (including CO2 laser)
  • Video stroboscopy: evaluation of voice disorders

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Our Nurse Practitioner

Laura Moreno, nurse practitioner

Laura Moreno, RN, MSN, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

  • Master of Science in Nursing, Texas A&M University
  • Associates Degree in Nursing/Registered Nurse, Del Mar College