U.S. healthcare statistics show that ear, nose, and throat disorders (the more common term for pediatric otolaryngology disorders) remain some of the top reasons that parents take their children to see a physician, and that ear infections are the number one reason for children's doctor appointments.
These facts are proof that while children and adults may have the same basic ear, nose and throat anatomy, the developing anatomy of children is more susceptible to disorders, and that the treatment of pediatric otolaryngology remains a distinct subset of otolaryngology expertise.
At the same time, children may also suffer from conditions normally only found in adults. The Pediatric program at the University of Arizona Department of Otolaryngology treats all of these conditions with the latest guidelines for medical treatment, the most advanced technologies and the special skills and training required when caring for children.
Some of the most common conditions treated in the Pediatric Otolaryngology program include:
- Ear infections and earaches
- Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
- Nose bleeds
- Hearing loss
- Sinus infections
We also treat a wide range of uncommon and more serious conditions in children, including chronic acid reflux, masses in the head or neck, sleep apnea, facial nerve injuries, vocal cord paralysis, nasal and ear deformities, cleft lip and cleft palate and many more.