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At the Rhinology Clinic, we take a child-friendly approach to caring for severe and complex nasal and sinus conditions.
Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your child's first visit to our clinic.
If your child's doctor refers them to us, we'll contact you to book your appointment. You can also call us to make your child's appointment at 412-692-5460.
During our call, we'll ask:
Before your visit, we suggest that you write down your child's symptoms, triggers, and medications and bring the list with you.
Based on your referral or our phone call, we may do an allergy test on your child's 1st visit.
In this case, we'll tell you to stop giving your child antihistamines a week before the visit. They block the immune response, and the immune response is how we diagnose allergies.
Your child's first visit may take 1 to 2 hours.
A nurse practitioner or physician assistant will ask about your child's symptoms, medications, and previous diagnoses and surgeries.
Your ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor will then review your child's medical history with you.
This lets us get a full picture of your child's health.
Often, our ENT doctor will do a nasal endoscopy.
This is a test to view inside the nose and sinuses with a tiny camera attached to a small scope. It doesn't hurt and your child won't need anesthesia. But because it can feel uncomfortable, we often numb the area first.
You and the doctor will be able to see the insides of your child's nasal and sinus cavity on a screen. During or after the procedure, the doctor will explain what the images show.
If your child has allergic rhinitis (hay fever), the doctor may perform a skin test. This will help determine what is causing your child's allergic reaction. The test is safe, and the doctor will be able to review the results with you during the same visit.
In rare cases, such as if your doctor suspects a cyst or tumor, they may order an MRI or CT scan.
Most often, the doctor will diagnose your child on the 1st visit. And they will give you details about the diagnosis and treatment options.
Treatments may include one or a mix of:
If you will be managing your child's condition with medicine or lifestyle changes, we will book follow-up visits. This way, we can make sure the plan is working for your child -- and adjust it if need be.
If the doctor suggests surgery, we will:
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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