Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Center for Airway, Voice and Swallowing Disorders (PCAVS) is an aerodigestive program offering integrated team assessment and care from multiple medical and surgical specialists for infants, children, and adolescents.
Patients with complex medical conditions of the upper and lower airway and respiratory system, esophageal disorders, and swallowing and digestive issues are the focus of this team approach. We see patients with complex congenital or acquired aerodigestive disorders, including but not limited to those with tracheostomies.
Patients can often be seen at a single location during one half-day visit and we are a state of the art facility equipped to treat a wide range of conditions both medically and surgically.
A sequence of visits is tailored for each child, who typically spends 30 minutes with each specialist. The team later holds a debriefing to discuss findings, progress and the treatment plan.
During the clinic, in-office diagnostic procedures and periodic endoscopic airway assessments can be performed. If additional problems are discovered, they can be addressed at the same visit. Should surgical intervention be required, we often combine a multi-team approach to perform several procedures simultaneously thus limiting exposure to anesthesia.
What We Treat
Aerodigestive conditions — from neurologic and sleep disorders to feeding problems and complications from tracheotomy — our experts provide comprehensive care that addresses your child’s unique needs.
Learn more about some of the complex aerodigestive disorders we treat, including:
- Airway obstruction
- Apnea (central and obstructive)
- Bronchogenic cysts
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
- Chronic aspiration (tracheotomy dependent)
- Craniofacial syndromes that cause airway obstruction and associated feeding problems
- Dysphagia (feeding and swallowing problems)
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis
- Esophageal atresia
- Esophageal duplications
- Esophageal web or stricture
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) in Children / Adolescents
- Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) in Infants
- Glottic stenosis
- Hypoplastic lung
- Interstitial lung disease
- Laryngeal atresia
- Laryngeal cleft
- Laryngeal web
- Laryngeal / tracheal / bronchial papillomatosis (sexually transmitted diseases)
- Laryngomalacia (usually severe cases)
- Sleep disorders
- Subglottic stenosis
- Tracheal stenosis
- Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF)
- Vocal cord paralysis
- Voice disorders
- Health Library – Index of ENT-related topics
- Children with Medical Handicaps Program (BCMH) – Pediatric ENT contact Number for BCMH: 216-445-0075; option 4
- Cleveland Clinic Children's Child Life Services – Child Life Services offers surgery tours and a variety of programs to help your child prepare for surgery and during their inpatient stay.
- Fresh Air Camp
Pediatric Center for Airway, Voice and Swallowing Disorders (PCAVS)
After you call to arrange an initial appointment with our PCAVS team, one of our providers will reach out to you to perform a pre-visit intake. Please make arrangements to have copies of prior imaging, imaging reports, operative notes, laboratory studies, pathology reports, audiograms, and consult notes available that you would like us to review prior to your appointment.
Your generous support for Pediatric Otolaryngology will help fund the future care of children via:
- Pediatric Otolaryngology Specialty Program Support
- Research Projects
- Resident Education and Educational Travel Grants for Trainees
To donate to the Pediatric Otolaryngology Section:
- Go to the Make A Gift page
- Indicate the Gift Amount
- Indicate the Gift Type
- Under Gift Designation
a. Select “Direct my gift to the following area”
b. Select “Other”
c. A write-in option will appear
d. Type “Pediatric Otolaryngology Section”
- Complete the rest of the information requested on the form
- Click “Submit Your Gift”
Thank you for your support!