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Children with nasal and sinus problems may need to see a rhinology specialist to get the right diagnosis and treatment.
Our clinic staff has expertise in both common and rare rhinology conditions in kids.
At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, offer a range of tests and treatments — from lifestyle changes to advanced surgery. We follow your child over time to make sure their symptoms improve or go away.
Here are some common conditions we treat at the Rhinology Clinic at UPMC Children's Hospital.
Children with unusually large adenoids or tonsils can have:
We largely treat this condition with surgery to remove the tonsils, adenoids, or both.
Children may suffer hay fever symptoms at certain times of the year or throughout the year.
Hay fever can cause:
We use skin testing to find out the cause of hay fever. Then, we prescribe medicated nasal sprays that target your child's exact symptoms.
Chronic and Recurrent Sinusitis
Sinusitis symptoms include:
Children may have all or some of these symptoms.
Chronic sinusitis lasts 12 weeks or longer. Recurrent sinusitis means 3 or more episodes of sinusitis in a year.
We treat both types of sinusitis with medicines, which we tailor to your child's symptoms. In rare cases, the condition requires surgery.
Deviated Nasal Septum
The wall that divides the 2 nasal passages can get pushed to one side at birth. Injury to the nose can also cause a deviated nasal septum.
The condition can:
We may use medications, such as a nasal steroid spray, to reduce swelling. In more severe cases, we may suggest surgery.
We first find the cause of your child's nosebleeds before deciding on the right treatment.
For children with frequent nosebleeds, we can often prevent them with medicated nasal sprays. In some cases, we operate to seal the blood vessels.
Babies can be born with a range of conditions that restrict breathing through the nose.
We perform tests to learn the type of obstruction and how severe.
Then we may:
Conditions that block the nasal airway include the following:
Both benign and cancerous tumors can grow in a child's nasal cavity, upper part of the throat, and sinuses.
We learn the type of tumor using:
Then, we target the treatment.
Some tumors respond to medicines. In other cases, we suggest surgery.
Children with this condition may have:
We first rule out hay fever with testing.
We treat non-allergenic rhinitis with nasal spray medicines that we choose based on your child's specific symptoms.
Polyps (small, abnormal tissue growths) sometimes form in a child's sinuses and nasal cavity.
We treat the condition with drugs to shrink the polyps. In some cases, we may remove them through surgery.
You can have your child's doctor refer them to us. Or you can make an appointment with the Rhinology Clinic directly.
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
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