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

The otolaryngologists (ENT doctors) at Children’s provide medical and surgical treatment for the conditions listed above. Three of our most common procedures are:

  • Balloon sinuplasty: using a long, flexible tube (catheter) with a balloon on the tip to visualize and reopen the sinuses
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery: to remove blockages in the sinuses
  • Myringotomy tubes (ear tubes): tiny cylinders inserted behind the eardrum to prevent fluid from accumulating

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

  • Aerodigestive Center: This center offers a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate and treat 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.
  • Vascular Anomalies Clinic: This clinic offers specialized, coordinated care to children with vascular anomalies. It’s one of only a few clinics of its kind in the country.

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.

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