Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology

Pediatric Otolaryngology, a division of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan, is staffed by subspecialty-trained pediatric otolaryngologists.

The Pediatric Otolaryngology outpatient clinic is located on the second floor of the Taubman Center at UMHS in Ann Arbor. Surgery is at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Outpatient pediatric patients are seen and surgery is also performed at the Livonia Center for Specialty Care.

The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology evaluates and treats disorders of the head and neck in children. All aspects of pediatric disorders are seen, with special emphasis placed upon communicative disorders, airway problems, infectious diseases, neoplasms, congenital anomalies and paranasal sinus disorders. All aspects of medical and surgical therapy are covered, including tympanostomy, mastoidectomy, detailed airway endoscopic and carbon dioxide procedures, airway reconstruction, pharyngeal flaps, major soft tissue surgery, and aggressive management of paranasal sinus disorders including endoscopic as well as more classical sinus drainage procedures. Complete medical and surgical care is provided to infants and children with complex and often rare diseases and conditions. Common procedures are also provided especially for children who have underlying health problems that would make the procedure potentially hazardous.

The Airway Clinic actively evaluates and treats all types of pediatric airway problems. The Tracheotomy Care Team is active in early rehabilitation of children with tracheotomies.

Pediatric Voice is another area of expertise. Collaborative efforts with the Division of Speech-Language Pathology allow detailed evaluation of vocal problems utilizing an advanced speech and language diagnostic facility with videoendoscopic and stroboscopic capabilities. Special emphasis is placed upon communication in tracheotomized children and in patients with dysphagia.

A close working relationship also exists with the Division of Audiology and Clinical Electrophysiology for the detection, diagnosis, and management of children with hearing disorders. Two collaborative programs are Early Detection of Hearing Impairment and Sound Support.