About Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Care

The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology provides complete care for all diseases involving the ear, nose, and throat.

We also make arrangements for children who need any type of ear, nose, or throat surgery.

Advanced Treatments for Kids with Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

We offer the following specialized techniques for treating ear, nose, and throat problems:

  • Laryngotracheal reconstructions
  • Pediatric sinus surgery
  • Cochlear implants
  • Congenital ear reconstructions
  • Placement of tympanostomy tubes
  • Bone-anchored hearing appliances
  • Removal of ear tumors
  • Removal of tonsils and adenoids
  • Ear tube placement and removal
  • Testing for nasal and Eustachian tube function
  • Audiologic exams

ENT Specialty Areas

Childhood ear disorders

Through the Hearing Center and Congenital Ear Center, we offer:

  • Assessments and diagnoses.
  • Advanced treatments fordisorders of the ear.

Our experts are among the most experienced in the world in managing childhood ear disorders including:

  • All types of otitis media
  • Aural atresia
  • Microtia
  • Prominent ears
  • Malformed ears
  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Sensorineural hearing loss
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Tympanic membrane perforation
  • Mastoiditis

Airway and breathing disorders

We manage a wide range of inborn and acquired airway disorders in children, including:

  • Severe subglottic stenosis
  • Posterior subglottic stenoses
  • Supraglottic stenosis
  • Combination stenoses
  • Stent cases
  • Revision cases
  • Laryngeal clefts
  • Laryngotracheoesophageal clefts
  • Tracheal stenoses
  • Base of tongue/epiglottic collapse

We offer innovative surgical methods, such as:

  • The novel use of lasers.
  • Procedures involving cartilage and mucosal grafting.
  • Minimally invasive endoscopic techniques.

Our assessment and treatment plan includes other medical conditions, such as those involving:

  • Speech
  • Swallowing
  • The pulmonary and gastrointestinal systems

Video-recording capabilities complement the structural OR assessment.

We also maintain a patient database and registry. Approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Pittsburgh, it allows us to collect specialized patient data.

Childhood voice, resonance, and swallowing disorders

Our team of ENT specialists provides complete exams, treatments, and specialized testing of the full range of voice, resonance, and swallowing conditions.

These include:

  • Vocal fatigue
  • Nasal speech problems
  • Drooling
  • Problems managing salivary secretions

The team’s total care approach includes identifying other conditions — such as reflux or allergies — that might cause a voice or swallowing problem.

Referral Requirements for ENT Care at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Although your health insurance may not require a specialist referral, a referral order from a provider referring your child to Pediatric ENT is recommended.

We receive referrals from across Pennsylvania, as well as Maryland, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia. Before scheduling, verify with your insurer and referring provider whether your plan is in-network.

Prior authorization may be required from your health insurance depending on your health plan's network and the care your child needs. Please ensure all referrals and prior authorizations are secured prior to your visit. This will ensure the services we provide will be covered by your health insurance

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