Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
Pediatric Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Center
In the Pediatric Airway, Voice, and Swallowing Center, we provide care for pediatric patients with congenital and/or acquired disorders of the aero-digestive tract that may affect their ability to eat, breathe, or speak. Our center is a multidisciplinary collaboration between Mass. Eye and Ear and the Mass General Hospital for Children, offering enhanced care to children by allowing them to see several specialists during one visit.
Under the direction of Christopher J. Hartnick, MD, MS, our center includes specially trained physicians, technicians, nurses, and speech-language pathologists. Our focal point is on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders affecting voice and breathing in infants and young children. These disorders can include, but are not limited to:
- Chronic cough
- Recurrent croup
- Feeding difficulties
- Sleep disorders
- Breathing and swallowing difficulties
The causes of these disorders may be straightforward, but often require expertise from several specialties, including pediatric otolaryngology, gastroenterology, and pulmonology. Our team will work with you and your child to find the treatment plan that best suits your needs.
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Did you know?
Our Operation Airway program aims to make life-changing airway reconstructive surgery and post-operative care available to all children who cannot breathe or speak on their own.
Our center cares for pediatric patients with conditions that affect breathing, speaking, and swallowing. These include problems with the lips, tongue, nose, throat, larynx (voice box), trachea (windpipe), lungs, esophagus (swallowing tube), and stomach.
Laryngomalacia is the most common cause of noisy breathing (stridor) in infants.