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Otolaryngology

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The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology is part of the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. We specialize in the care of newborns, infants, children, and adolescents with diseases of the ear, nose, throat, and neck. 

One of the 10 pediatric ORs in the new building will be designated specifically for ENT and airway surgeries. More  

New Home for Our Inpatients  

Our patients who need hospitalization for ear, nose and throat conditions have a new home at Johns Hopkins: The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center. Our new 205-bed building features:

Easy access via front entrance or pedestrian bridge to Orleans Street Garage and our Rubenstein Child Health Building.

Pediatric Otolaryngology at Hopkins Children’s sees its fair share of garden variety ear, nose and throat (ENT) maladies, from the ubiquitous ear infections to the equally common pharyngitis to the not-at-all-rare sleep apnea. But did you know that our pediatric otolaryngologists treat many rare conditions that require sharp diagnostic skills, cutting-edge treatment, complex surgery and interdisciplinary work, all of which amount to nothing short of a medical feat to ensure the survival against all odds?

Such was the case of mom-to-be Lisa Davila, pregnant with twins, one of whom was diagnosed with a rare and highly fatal condition appropriately named "CHAOS" for congenital high-airway obstruction syndrome. The diagnosis required complicated surgery during delivery, and while the affected twin was still attached to mom’s placenta. Read more about how our pediatric otolaryngologists worked with colleagues from Surgery, Obstetrics, Neonatology and Anesthesiology to perform one of the most complex surgeries in medicine, one that only a handful of hospitals venture into.

Our team of pediatric otolaryngologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, audiologists and speech-language pathologists — combined with the pediatric surgical services at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center — provide children with the latest methods of evaluation and treatment in a child-centered environment.

The experience and advanced training of our pediatric otolaryngologists enable us to treat the full range of otolaryngologic problems seen in children using the latest medical treatments and the most advanced surgical techniques.

We treat children with common illnesses including:

  • Chronic infections of the ears, tonsils, adenoids, and sinuses
  • Hearing loss 
  • Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea 
  • Stridor or noisy breathing
  • Infections of the neck or lymph nodes
  • Epistaxis (nose bleeding)
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Chronic cough
  • Hoarseness and other voice disorders

We also assess and treat children with more complex disorders not typically treated in community settings including:

  • Complex congenital and acquired airway disorders (laryngomalacia, subglottic stenosis, and respiratory papilloma)
  • Vocal cord disorders (vocal cord paralysis, vocal cord nodules, and paradoxical vocal cord movement)
  • Masses or lesions of the neck (thyroglossal duct cyst, branchial cleft cystcystic hygroma, vascular malformation, and hemangioma)
  • Congenital malformations of the ears (microtia and atresia)
  • Congenital malformation of the nasal passages (choanal atresia)
  • Chronic ear disease (Cholesteatoma  and ear drum perforation)
  • Trauma or burns of the airway
  • Chronic drooling
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI)
  • Swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
  • Hearing loss evaluation for bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA)
  • Hearing loss evaluation for cochlear implantation 

Subspecialty clinics:

  • Cochlear implantation 
  • Craniofacial and cleft palate 
  • Sleep and breathing disorders
  • Sensori-neural hearing loss
  • Allergy
  • Swallowing or dysphagia with FEES (Functional endoscopic evaluation of swallowing).

We work with other Johns Hopkins specialists to care for children with complex medical problems.

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