Conditions Treated

Pediatric Otolaryngology (ENT) conditions treated at Driscoll Children's Hospital, for patients up to age 15, include:

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