Pediatric Otolaryngology

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Since its founding in 1921, Cleveland Clinic Head and Neck Institute has served as a beacon of hope to parents of children with complicated medical problems. Combining medical care with research and education in a multispecialty group practice enables our physicians to deliver the most current, proven medical treatments available in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Each year, our pediatricians manage more than 120,000 outpatient visits and 4,000 hospital admissions. As Cleveland Clinic enters the 21st century, we remain committed to providing expert care of complicated medical problems as well as routine and ongoing care for babies, children and adolescents.

Our team includes board-certified physicians who have completed advanced fellowship training in pediatric otolaryngology, specially trained pediatric ENT nurses and a host of pediatric subspecialists in tonsillectomy, allergy, infectious disease, hearing loss in children, radiology, anesthesiology, speech therapy and audiology. By bringing together a team of experts from various specialties, we can offer the highest quality, comprehensive care for hearing loss in children and other ear nose and throat disorders.

Although there are only a few national medical centers that offer the range of services available at Cleveland Clinic, we believe that providing excellent care goes beyond state-of-the-art equipment and the latest techniques. It also means providing that care with compassion. Please be assured that we understand your concerns and are here to help.

As a parent or family member, you play a vital role in your child’s health. Please feel free to ask questions, and let us know how we can best serve your needs.

Pediatric otolaryngologists care for healthy children who may develop complex ear, nose and throat disorders such as:

We also care for children who may develop ENT problems as a result of congenital or acquired disorders and diseases, such as premature birth, craniofacial anomalies, Down syndrome and other chromosomal disorders, immune deficiency, cystic fibrosis, asthma, allergies, bleeding disorders, developmental delay, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and organ transplants.

Whether your child needs a routine consultation for a common but troublesome problem, ongoing care for a chronic illness or urgent intervention, we will work closely with your child’s pediatrician or family physician as well as other pediatric subspecialists to develop appropriate and timely treatment plans.

As part of Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, we can draw on a complete range of services that cater to the special needs of children, including audiology, speech-language therapy, and special radiology and laboratory services. Children requiring surgical treatment are cared for in our new pediatric operating room by pediatric anesthesiologists and pediatric nurses who are skilled in pre- and post-operative management of children undergoing surgery.

Special Pediatric Clinics with a Team Approach

  • Airway and Voice Clinic
  • Vascular Malformations
  • Special Ear Clinic
  • Cleft Palate Clinic
  • Swallowing Disorders Clinic

Improved Treatment through Research

Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to improved patient care through research is a shared philosophy among all physicians. The Section of Pediatric Otolaryngology is involved in a number of research projects.

Our research effort in recurrent respiratory papillomatosis, the presence of benign growths in the throat, includes investigation of the immunologic response to papilloma growth. The goal is to enhance the body’s self defense systems to prevent their development. We also are developing new techniques for the resection of papillomas that is less damaging to the voice box.

Other research interests include ongoing efforts to design and refine power instruments for common procedures such as adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy and radio frequency instruments for nasal surgery. One clinical study under way is investigating the effects of trauma on the bones of the face and the efficacy of airbags in reducing the incidence of facial injuries.

Your Child Comes First

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital was designed to create an environment as home-like as possible for our patients and their families. Rooming-in for parents, a liberal visitation policy, birthday and holiday parties and a fully equipped classroom staffed by a teacher make coping with hospitalization a little easier. Recreational opportunities abound in the playroom, the Jennifer Ferchill playground and atrium, and the teen lounge.

The 117-bed Children’s Hospital includes medical/surgical, psychiatric and intensive care beds. Outpatient services are provided in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties. Our staff includes 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists renowned for their expertise in caring for children. Nurses with special training in pediatrics, child life specialists, social workers and other pediatric professionals are devoted to meeting the unique needs of your child, whether you’re dealing with hearing loss or other ailments.

Call us for an Appointment

To find a head and neck specialist for your needs, contact the Head & Neck Institute at 216.444.8500 (or toll-free 1.800.223.2273, ext. 48500)

This information is provided by Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

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