Aerodigestive Center

The Pediatric Aerodigestive Center is a key multidisciplinary program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. In this subspeciality clinic, children with a variety of airway, breathing and swallowing disorders are managed using state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment techniques. The center is dedicated to medical and surgical care of children with:

  • Disorders of the airway or voice
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Sleep apnea
  • Related problems such as malnutrition and gastroesophageal reflux

The Pediatric Aerodigestive Center is supported by pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, plastic surgeons, craniofacial surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons, sleep specialists, speech therapists, feeding therapists, and respiratory therapists. Occupational therapists specializing in swallowing disorders, radiologists, pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, respiratory therapy/tracheotomy education specialists and social workers provide services as needed.

The types of disorders appropriate for referral to the Center include:

  • Severe subglottic stenosis
  • Posterior glottic stenoses
  • Supraglottic stenosis
  • Combination stenoses
  • Revision cases
  • Stent cases
  • Laryngeal clefts
  • Laryngotracheoesophageal clefts
  • Tracheal stenoses
  • Base of tongue/epiglottic collapse
  • Reflux diagnostic dilemmas affecting the airway
  • Severe sleep apnea
  • Voice/resonance dilemmas
  • Swallowing dilemmas
  • Failure of tracheotomy decannulation

Learn more about the advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques used to diagnose conditions and care for patients in the Center.