If your child has an ear, nose, throat, head or neck issue, you should know that the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is one of a few comprehensive centers in the United States. The Division dedicated pediatric otolaryngology specialists available 24 hours a day who provide complete and multidisciplinary medical and surgical care for common as well as rare conditions.
Ear, nose, throat, head and neck disorders we treat
- Hearing loss
- Ear conditions, including chronic otitis media, cholesteatomas, microtia (missing or incomplete outer ears), and dizziness.
- Airway and voice disorders, including breathing issues, stridor, laryngomalacia, vocal fold paralysis, subglottic stenosis, laryngeal clefts, tracheal stenosis, hoarseness, vocal fold nodules and children with tracheotomies
- Dysphagia or swallowing disorders related to the upper airway
- Tumors of the head and neck, both benign and malignant
- Vascular anomalies of the head and neck
- Congenital disorders of the head and neck including branchial cleft cysts, thyroglossal duct cysts, preauricular pits, and nasal masses.
- Craniofacial disorders – abnormalities of the face or head
- Sinus disease
- Sleep apnea
- Adenoid and tonsillar diseases
- Infectious diseases
- Missing or incomplete outer ears
- Velopharyngeal Incompetence
As a specialty group dedicated to the care of children, our doctors and nurses understand the special needs of children and do their best to minimize or pain. Having a comprehensive pediatric otolaryngology group within a team-focused hospital means that in addition to handling any otolaryngology problem, we collaborate and coordinate care with pediatric specialists from other disciplines to decrease the need for multiple appointments. Each year we see approximately 5,000 children and perform more than 1,800 surgical procedures. We offer cutting-edge testing to aid us in making the correct diagnosis for your child. Tests vary based on your child’s issues, and may include hearing tests, endoscopy (a flexible scope to look in the nose, mouth and voice box), nasometry to detect speech problems, and an ear microscope – which are all done in clinic. We may also order an X-ray, Computed Tomography (CT) scan, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or swallow study. All aspects of otolaryngology medical and surgical therapy are available, including airway reconstruction, laser surgery to remove tumors, tracheotomy, cleft palate surgery, pharyngeal surgery to correct speech problems due to cleft palates, ear tube insertion, sinus surgery, cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) implants. For endoscopic sinus or skull-base surgery, we have the latest image-guided systems for precise positioning and localization of the area of concern. Our Division of Electrophysiology is one of the most comprehensive in the US and they monitor the facial nerve during ear surgeries which allows the surgeons to protect this important nerve. We have close collaborative relationships with a number of departments to best serve your child, including:
- The Airway Clinic – to actively evaluate and treats all types of pediatric airway problems. The Tracheotomy Care Team is active in early rehabilitation of children with tracheotomies.
- The Division of Speech-Language Pathologyallows detailed evaluation of vocal problems, utilizing an advanced speech and language diagnostic facility. Special emphasis is placed upon communication in tracheotomized children and in patients with swallowing disorders.
- The Division of Audiology and Clinical Electrophysiology for the detection, diagnosis and management of children with hearing disorders. This includes collaboration with Early Detection of Hearing Impairment and Sound Support.
- The Cochlear Implant Program
- Pediatric Anesthesia
- Vascular Anomalies Clinic