The Penn State Children’s Hospital Approach to Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Care

Pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors are trained experts in both common and complex ENT conditions that affect infants, children and adolescents. Your child’s pediatrician may refer you to a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor – also called a pediatric otolaryngologist – if your child has a condition that needs a higher level of attention which only this kind of specialist can provide. This includes the ability to perform head and neck surgery.

At Penn State Children’s Hospital, we deliver advanced pediatric ENT treatment driven by the most up-to-date science and technology. We aim to educate families about conditions and treatments and then work with them to find the best treatment approach for their child. And we do all this in a friendly, inviting environment designed with children in mind.

Advanced Training in Pediatric Head and Neck Disorders

Our pediatric otolaryngologists have completed advanced training in the care of pediatric head and neck disorders, including sinonasal and skull base disease and tumors of the head and neck. Working as a team with other specialists, they provide holistic care for these conditions using the most advanced technologies and methods. Just some of the services we are experienced in include stereotactic image navigation, robotic technology, microscopic surgery and the use of laser technology when appropriate.

Complete Head and Neck Surgery Services

All pediatric otolaryngologists at the Children’s Hospital are skilled in performing common head and neck surgeries such as ear tube placement and tonsillectomy. Our team also provides sub-specialized head and neck surgery care for more intricate ENT conditions, including lesions and masses of the head and neck, congenital ear anomalies, hearing loss, and pediatric voice and airway disorders. Patients with these types of conditions benefit greatly from our team’s training and expertise.

If your child requires ENT surgery or inpatient care, you can expect the highest level of care here. We want your child to be comfortable while in our care and your experience to be the best.

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Our Experts in Ear, Nose and Throat Care

The experts at Penn State Children’s Hospital are committed to providing our pediatric patients with comprehensive and multidisciplinary care.

Why Choose Penn State Children’s Hospital for Care

Our ENT doctors take a team approach to each child’s care. They work together with other health care professionals who specialize in a variety of related fields such as audiology, developmental pediatrics, neurology, neuro-otology, nutrition, oncology, pulmonology and sleep medicine, social work and speech pathology. Positive patient outcomes come from collaborating with these other experienced specialists.

American College of Surgeons-Verified

The American College of Surgeons recognizes the Children’s Hospital as a verified pediatric surgical site. This means we have met prescribed standards set for optimal patient care and outcomes for children. It’s an endorsement of our high-level surgical care, including advanced head and neck surgery.

Child- and Family-Friendly Care

Pediatric ear, nose and throat at the Children’s Hospital is proud to offer child- and family-friendly care. Families play an active role in the treatment process. Your child is not just a patient here. Our team works to make your family as comfortable as possible through child-tailored services, including specialty pediatric nursing care and child life care.

Creating a Healthier Future Through Research and Clinical Trials

Penn State Health includes Penn State Children’s Hospital. In partnership with colleagues at Penn State College of Medicine, members of Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat at the Children’s Hospital follow the hospital’s mission to foster and promote high-quality clinical research. Through our research, we aim to offer newer, better treatments for pediatric ENT conditions and support the health and wellness of children with these conditions.

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Conditions Treated

  • Branchial cleft cyst
  • Congenital ear anomalies
  • Ear infections
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck
  • Feeding or swallowing difficulty
  • Hearing loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngeal papillomatosis
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Nasal obstruction and mouth breathing
  • Neck mass
  • Nose bleeds
  • Pediatric sleep apnea
  • Pituitary lesions
  • Recurrent pediatric tonsillitis
  • Salivary gland disorders
  • Sinusitis
  • Skull base lesions
  • Snoring
  • Stridor
  • Subglottic stenosis
  • Thyroglossal duct cyst
  • Tongue Tie

Support Groups

Cochlear Implant Support Group

Sponsored by Audiology at Penn State Children’s Hospital, this support group provides information about cochlear implant surgery as well as an opportunity for cochlear implant...

Sponsored by Audiology at Penn State Children’s Hospital, this support group provides information about cochlear implant surgery as well as an opportunity for cochlear implant recipients and their families to connect with other implant recipients.

To learn more, please call audiology services at 717-531-6822.

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