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Children with conditions of the outer ear, middle ear, or eardrum can have:
At the Chronic Ear Clinic, we take great care in treating complex and rare ear disorders in children.
Our experts take time to explain the structure of the ear and help you understand your child's condition and treatment options.
Some infants are born with ear deformities. In many cases, they aren't associated with other health conditions.
At UPMC Children's Chronic Ear Clinic, we diagnose and treat mild ear deformities. We can assess how severe your child's ear problem is and suggest treatments, including plastic surgery and skin graft surgery.
If your child has a more severe ear deformity, we'll refer you to UPMC Children's Congenital Ear Clinic.
While minor defects often don't affect hearing, they can cause distress to a child's mental health and self-esteem. In these cases, we can advise you on the proper age for surgery.
We treat the following ear deformities:
At the Ear Clinic, we use advanced, non-invasive surgical techniques to protect and repair the fragile ear structures of infants and kids. We also place tiny ear tubes, made of plastic or metal, to drain excess fluid.
When an ear infection becomes chronic, it can cause hearing loss and constant drainage.
Cholesteatoma is a noncancerous skin growth in the middle ear that can cause:
It can be present at birth but often grows from skin cells that become trapped due to ear infections.
This condition is the result of fluid or structural abnormalities in the outer ear, middle ear, or eardrum.
It's present at birth and differs from more common congenital hearing loss.
In most cases, conductive hearing loss gets better with treatment.
This condition occurs when a tear or hole in the eardrum doesn't heal after a few weeks.
This occurs when the eardrum gets pushed to the middle ear, creating a pocket.
A retraction pocket can cause:
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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