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Otolaryngology (ENT)

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Pediatric otolaryngology, commonly known as pediatric ENT (ear, nose and throat), is a sub-specialty of otolaryngology, the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Pediatric otolaryngologists, or pediatric ENT specialists, are trained and qualified to manage and treat children with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat, such as the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity and upper pharynx (mouth and throat) and related structures of the head and neck. Pediatric ENT specialists also manage and treat special problems such as birth defects in the head and neck and developmental delays.

The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, which operates in association with the New York Head and Neck Institute’s Center for Pediatric Otolaryngology offers comprehensive medical and surgical treatment for children with conditions related to the ear, nose, throat, or head and neck.

Patients are seen at our state-of-the art clinical suites at the Hearing and Speech Center on the campus of Long Island Jewish Medical Center. The pediatric ENT facility includes specialists from otolaryngology, audiology, speech and language pathology.

Our pediatric otolaryngologists diagnose and treat a wide range of disorders, including routine ear, tonsil and sinus infections, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea. We also specialize in more complex problems, ranging from congenital hearing loss to complex neck masses, voice and airway problems. Our pediatric otolaryngology staff understands the physical and emotional needs of children and encourages the active participation of parents in all aspects of a child’s care. A compassionate family-friendly approach is conducted in close cooperation with the patient's referring physician. 

Conditions

Ear, nose and throat disorders are among the most common diseases of childhood, yet at the same time they represent some of the most complex and unique challenges encountered in the practice of otolaryngology (the specialty of ear, nose and throat). They range from the simple, one-time ear infection to the most complex, congenital, life-threatening conditions of the airway.  

Regardless of the disorder, our physicians are capable of rendering an unmatched level of care to pediatric patients and their families. Although, at times contracting the same diseases as adults, children are also subject to an entirely different group of diseases that are both congenital and acquired. Children are not simply “small adults.” Adding other layers of complexity in the diagnosis and treatment of the child is the compactness of the anatomy coupled with variable presentation of symptoms, manifestation of diseases and responses to treatments. 

 In recognition of these profound differences, we treat children in a family-centered environment specifically designed to nurture the marriage of the latest technology with the highest standards of compassionate care.  

The disorders treated by our pediatric otolaryngologists include:

  • Congenital and Acquired Airway Abnormalities
  • Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations 
  • Adenoid and Tonsil Problems
  • Ear Infections
  • Congenital and Acquired Hearing Loss
  • Ear Abnormalities
  • Congenital Cysts of the Head and Neck
  • Masses of the Head and Neck
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Other Sleep Disorders

The list above is by no means exhaustive. If you have questions, concerns or need more information, please feel free to contact us directly at 718-470-7550.

Treatments

When your child is faced with a disease of the ear, nose or throat, you look for a medical team who will make the best decisions for the unique care that your child requires. We combine the latest in technology and treatments with child-friendly care to focus on your family’s future. 

Examples of treatments that we provide to our patients are:

  • Neck masses – Evaluation and management of childhood neck masses, including branchial cleft anomalies, thyroglossal duct cysts and lymph nodes
  • Ventilation tube placement – To treat recurring ear infections.
  • Tonsillar and adenoid surgery – The need for surgical treatment will be determined on a case-by-case basis and take into account your child’s individual medical problems and history.
  • Evaluation of congenital or acquired hearing loss
  • Cochlear implants – For some cases of sensorineural hearing loss.
  • Full service airway evaluation through our Comprehensive Airway Respiratory and Esophageal Team, including:
    • Airway evaluation for noisy breathing or recurrent croup
    • Evaluation and management of children with tracheotomy tubes
    • Major airway reconstruction
  • Hemangioma, Lymphatic and Vascular Malformations

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of treatments. Please contact us directly at 718-470-7550 to schedule an appointment for your child and develop a personalized treatment plan.

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