Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) Throat and Airway
Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) Throat and Airway

Common Throat and Airway Conditions Treated

Airway Problems (breathing problems)

Difficulty breathing through mouth or nose, chronic nasal congestion, history of having a tracheotomy tube, history of needing ventilator support during infancy and early childhood, recurrent croup, noisy breathing

Airway Obstruction

History of choking, chronic coughing, history of prematurity requiring intubation(breathing tube in throat), barky cough or recurrent croup, turning blue or need to call 911 due to problems with breathing

Chronic aspiration and drooling

Cough always present; worse congestion or cough after eating or drinking.

Congenital and Acquired defects

Born (congenital) with a problem or has one that has developed (acquired) and tracheal malformations.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, often referred to as GERD, occurs when acid from the stomach backs up into the esophagus. Normally, food travels from the mouth, down through the esophagus and into the stomach. A ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), contracts to keep the acidic contents of the stomach from refluxing or coming back up into the esophagus. In those who have GERD, the LES does not close properly, allowing acid and other contents of the digestive tract to move up - to reflux - the esophagus.

Head and Neck lesions

Symptoms include problems with hoarseness, high-pitched noisy breathing and wet voice. 

Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)

During gastroesophageal reflux, the contents of the stomach and upper digestive tract may reflux all the way up the esophagus and into the back of the throat. Some patients have hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty with the sensation of drainage from the back of the nose. In infants and children, LPR may cause breathing problems such as cough, hoarseness, stridor (noisy breathing), croup, asthma, sleep-disordered breathing, feeding difficulty (spitting up), turning blue, pauses in breathing (apnea), apparent life-threatening event (ALTE), and even a severe deficiency in growth.

Salivary Gland Diseases

The major salivary glands are the parotid, submandibular and sublingual glands. They all secrete saliva into the mouth. Besides these glands, there are many tiny glands called minor salivary glands located in your lips, inner cheek area (buccal mucosa), and extensively in other linings of your mouth and throat. Salivary glands produce the saliva used to moisten your mouth, initiate digestion, and help protect your teeth from decay. As a good health measure, it is important to drink lots of liquids daily.

Sleep Disordered Breathing

Symptoms include snoring, trouble breathing during sleep, pauses in breathing during sleep, struggling to breathe, restless and poor sleep, poor school performance along with snoring any medical conditions that contributes to sleep issues.

Tongue tie

Tongue-tie is the non-medical term for a relatively common physical condition that limits the use of the tongue - ankyloglossia. Before we are born, a strong cord of tissue that guides development of mouth structures is positioned in the center of the mouth. It is called a frenulum. After birth, the lingual frenulum continues to guide the position of incoming teeth. As we grow, it recedes and thins. In some children, the frenulum is especially tight or fails to recede and may cause tongue mobility problems.
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Tonsil and Adenoid Diseases

Tonsil and adenoid disease is a broad term that can include many familiar diagnoses such as tonsillitis or strep throat, adenoiditis and sleep disordered breathing.

Tonsillitis/Strep Pharyngitis

Tonsillitis refers to inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils (glands at the back of the throat, visible through the mouth). The inflammation may involve other areas of the back of the throat, including the adenoids and the lingual tonsils (tonsil tissue at the back of the tongue). There are several variations of tonsillitis: acute, recurrent, and chronic tonsillitis and peritonsillar abscess. Viral or bacterial infections and immunologic factors lead to tonsillitis and its complications. Nearly all children in the United States experience at least one episode of tonsillitis.

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