Pediatrics - Otolaryngology (ENT)
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The Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology (otherwise known as Ear, Nose, and Throat, or ENT) provides care for patients with problems involving the ears, sinuses, oral cavity, airway, nose, throat, and neck including sinus conditions, neck masses, allergy, and snoring. The department also specializes in swallowing disorders, voice problems, dizziness and balance disorders, hearing loss, and breathing problems.
Our pediatric otolaryngologists work closely with pediatric pulmonologists and gastroenterologists to provide a multidisciplinary team approach to evaluating and treating each patient. They also work closely with audiologists (hearing experts) and speech/swallow pathologists.
"I was pleasantly surprised with Dr. Levi. She listened to my concerns and offered support and knowledge. We travel from New York and pay for the Boston Medical Doctors out of pocket. They have proven over and over again how valuable their services are. I am extremely pleased with the services I have received."
~ Sebastian M.
Conditions treated include:
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Aerodigestive Disorders
- Congenital Neck Masses
- Chronic Ear Issues
- Sinus Disease
- Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia)
For more information about pediatric ENT disorders and conditions and their treatment, we encourage you to visit the website of the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
- Frenulectomy (tongue tie clipping)
- Nasal endoscopy (passing a scope into the nose)
- Laryngoscopy (passing a scope into the throat/voice box)
- Removal of nasal or ear foreign bodies
- Ear Tubes
- Biopsy or excision of neck masses
- Excision of facial masses or cysts
- Airway evaluations
- Sinus surgery
- Control of nasal hemorrhage (nose bleeds)
- Surgery on thyroid or parotid gland
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Conditions We Treat
The term facial trauma means any injury to the face or upper jaw bone. Facial traumas include injuries to the skin, underlying skeleton, neck, nose and sinuses, eye socket, or teeth and other parts of the mouth.
Today in the United States, studies estimate that 34% of U.S. adults are overweight and an additional 31% (approximately 60 million) are obese. Combined, approximately 127 million Americans are overweight or obese.
During normal fetal development between the 6th and 11th week of pregnancy, the clefts in the lip and palate fuse together. In babies born with cleft lip or cleft palate, one or both of these splits failed to fuse.
Dust, mites, pet dander, and ragweed are not the only allergic threats to your child. Food allergies and sensitivities may cause a wide range of adverse reactions to the skin, respiratory system, stomach, and other physiological functions of the body.
- Tongue-tie (Ankyloglossia)
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a general term for breathing difficulties occurring during sleep. SDB can range from frequent loud snoring to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) a condition involving repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of the airway during sleep.
Does your child have allergies? Allergies can cause many ear, nose, and throat symptoms in children, but allergies can be difficult to separate from other causes. Here are some clues that allergies may be affecting your child.
Approximately two to four of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing, making hearing loss the most common birth disorder. Many studies have shown that early diagnosis of hearing loss is crucial to the development of speech, language, cognitive, and psychosocial abilities.
As the parent of a child with newly diagnosed hearing loss, you will have many questions and concerns regarding the nature of this problem, its effects on your child’s future, treatment options, and resources. This brief guide will give you necessary initial information, and provide guidance about the availability of resources, and the respective roles of different care providers.
More than three million American children have a hearing loss, and an estimated 1.3 million of them are under three years of age. Parents and grandparents are usually the first to discover hearing loss in a baby, because they spend the most time with them. If at any time you suspect your baby has a hearing loss, discuss it with your doctor.
Your child’s sinuses are not fully developed until late in the teen years. Although small, the maxillary (behind the cheek) and ethmoid (between the eyes) sinuses are present at birth. Unlike in adults, pediatric sinusitis is difficult to diagnose because symptoms of sinusitis can be caused by other problems, such as viral illness and allergy.
Food or liquids that are swallowed travel through the esophagus and into the stomach where acids help digestion. Each end of the esophagus has a sphincter, a ring of muscle, that helps keep the acidic contents of the stomach in the stomach or out of the throat. When these rings of muscle do not work properly, you may get heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux (GER).
Everyone has gastroesophageal reflux (GER), the backward movement (reflux) of gastric contents into the esophagus. Extra Esophageal Reflux (EER) is the reflux of gastric contents from the stomach into the esophagus with further extension into the throat and other upper aerodigestive regions.
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine
Assistant Residency Program Director
Pediatric Neck Masses, Pediatric Airway Problems or Noisy Breathing, Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing, Pediatric Sinusitis or Nasal Congestion, Pediatric Cysts of the Neck/Face
Pediatric Otolaryngology, Chronic Sinusitis, Allergy, Salivary Gland Disorders, Snoring and Sleep Surgery
Ear and hearing disorders, Sudden hearing loss, Dizziness, Vertigo, Tinnitus
Feeding Difficulty, Selective Eating, Pediatric Dysphagia
Professor of Otolaryngology, Boston University School of Medicine
Cochlear implants & other implantable hearing devices, hearing loss disorders, acoustic neuroma, cholesteatoma, otosclerosis, facial nerve disorders, chronic ear infections, tinnitus, vertigo, dizziness, glomus & other skull base tumors