What We Treat

Otolaryngologists, or ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors, treat children with common childhood problems such as ear infections, hearing loss, breathing problems and sinus issues. Our ENT doctors may also be involved if your child needs ear tubes or a tonsillectomy. We also see children with tumors and masses of the head and neck. Some conditions we commonly treat include:

Ear

  • Cholesteatoma: a skin growth in the middle ear behind the ear drum
  • Hearing loss: which can slow learning and development
  • Mastoiditis: an infection of the mastoid bone just behind the ear
  • Otitis media: middle ear infection

Nose

  • Allergic rhinitis: seasonal nasal allergies
  • Deviated septum: when the cartilage that separates the nostrils is off-center
  • Rhinosinusitis: inflammation of the nasal passages and sinus cavities
  • Sinusitis: inflammation of the sinuses near the nose
  • Tumors: cancerous and noncancerous
  • Turbinate hypertrophy: an enlargement of the turbinates (the small structures within your nose that cleanse and humidify air as it passes through your nostrils)

Throat

  • Obstructive sleep apnea: when a child is unable to breathe clearly while asleep, usually because of a blockage
  • Swallowing disorders: difficulty or pain when swallowing, or the inability to swallow
  • Tonsil and adenoid enlargement and infections: which can lead to sleep apnea and other health problems
  • Tumors: cancerous and noncancerous

Airway

  • Abnormalities of the larynx (also called the voicebox): and trachea (also called the windpipe)
  • Disorders of the aerodigestive tract: the organs and tissues of the respiratory tract and the upper part of the digestive tract, including the lips, mouth, tongue, nose, throat, vocal cords, and part of the esophagus and windpipe
  • Laryngomalacia: floppy, soft tissue above the vocal cords that falls into the airway when a child breathes in
  • Stridor: a harsh, vibrating noise when breathing caused by partially blocked airways

Head and neck

  • Branchial cleft abnormality: mass of tissue in the neck
  • Dermoid cyst: pocket or sac under the skin that contains tissues normally present in the outer layers of the skin
  • Enlarged lymph nodes: swollen glands in the neck usually caused by infection, inflammation or disease
  • Infections and tumors of the parotid and submandibular gland: the salivary glands the keep your mouth moist
  • Thyroglossal duct cysts: a neck mass or lump that develops from cells and tissues remaining after the thyroid gland forms before birth
  • Tumors of the neck: cancerous and noncancerous

Services We Offer

Comprehensive services and treatments

The otolaryngologists (ENT doctors) at Children’s offer comprehensive services, including evaluation, diagnosis, management and treatment of children with a variety of disorders of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.

Services and treatments offered include:

Ear

  • Ear tubes
  • Hearing devices, including hearing aids and cochlear implants
  • Hearing screens and evaluations
  • Otoplasty to change the size, shape or position of the outer ear

Nose

  • Adenoidectomy
  • Choanal atresia and pyriform aperture stenosis repair
  • Removal of foreign objects
  • Septoplastry (correction of deviated nasal septum)
  • Sinus surgery
  • Skull base surgery
  • Turbinate surgery

Throat and airway

  • Adenoidectomy (removal of adenoids)
  • Airway management, including reconstructive surgery
  • Botox injections and surgical procedures for drooling
  • Inferior turbinate reduction
  • Lingual tonsillectomy
  • Septoplasty
  • Stroboscopy
  • Swallowing evaluations
  • Tongue reduction
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Tumor removal

Head and neck

  • Removal of congenital neck masses
  • Scar and skin tag removal
  • Treatment of head and neck cancers
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Vascular malformations and tumors

A wide range of programs and clinics

Our team also participates in the following multidisciplinary programs and clinics:

  • Aerodigestive Center: This center offers a multidisciplinary approach to evaluating and treating children with disorders involving the upper digestive tract, airway and respiratory and pulmonary systems.
  • Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Program: This program consists of pediatric-trained otolaryngologists and audiologists who provide care for children and teens with hearing loss.
  • Technology-Dependent Clinic: This clinic manages children with a variety of disorders that require some form of respiratory support. The team includes pediatric otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, respiratory therapists and speech pathologists.
  • Vascular Anomalies Clinic: For children with complex vascular anomalies, we offer a multidisciplinary, personal approach to treatment. This clinic is the only clinic of its kind in the Southeast.

Our Unique Approach

Children often have problems of the ear, nose and throat that are rarely seen in adults. They respond differently to treatment and need an otolaryngology team with pediatric experience and training. Our pediatric ENT specialists are trained and experienced in treating children of all ages, from babies to young adults.

Each year, our team performs:

  • More than 5,000 ear tube surgeries
  • Thousands of tonsil and adenoid removal surgeries
  • Nearly 9,000 total ENT surgical procedures

Our staff also knows how to talk to kids and families and how to help put them at ease at times of stress. We will work closely with you and your child to find the best treatment options for his specific needs.

Meet the Team

Led by James Thomsen, M.D., Medical Director of our Otolaryngology Program, our team includes the following pediatric trained otolaryngologists:

Helpful Resources

Pre-anesthesia history forms

When your child is scheduled for surgery, you need to fill out a pre-anesthesia history form with health questions about your child. You can fill out this form in advance at home and save time. Choose the link for the location where your child is having surgery:

Egleston hospital pre-anesthesia history form

Scottish Rite hospital pre-anesthesia history form

Children's at Satellite Boulevard pre-anesthesia history form

Children's at Meridian Mark pre-anesthesia history form

Locations

Children's at Satellite Boulevard

2660 Satellite Blvd.

Duluth, GA 30096-5803

Children's at Cobb

1371 Church Street Extension

Marietta, GA 30060-7913

Children's at Fayette

1265 Highway 54 West

Fayetteville, GA 30214-4526

Emory Children's Center Building

2015 Uppergate Drive

Atlanta, GA 30322-1015