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Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat

UNC Children’s provides top-quality care for all types of ear, nose, and throat problems affecting babies, kids, and teens at our state-of-the-art clinical home, N.C. Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Experts in Caring for Children

When you choose UNC Children’s, you benefit from the experience of board-certified pediatric otolaryngologists dedicated to helping children—from the tiniest baby to the young adult—hear better, breathe easier, and swallow comfortably. Our ear, nose, and throat (ENT) experts know how to make your child as comfortable as possible. So you’ll get a timely diagnosis and friendly treatment tailored to his or her condition.

What We Treat

ENT Conditions We Treat

Count on UNC Children’s ENT specialists to treat a wide range of conditions affecting your child’s ear, nose, head and neck, or throat, including:

  • Airway disorders
  • Ear disorders
    • Cholesteatoma – Abnormal skin growth behind the eardrum
    • Ear infections (otitis media)
    • Hearing disorders
    • Ruptured eardrum
  • Congenital anomalies – Conditions present at birth o Choanal atresia – Tissue blocking the airway in the nose
    • Cleft palate
    • Neck masses
  • Head and neck disorders
  • Enlarged or diseased lymph nodes in the neck
  • Hemangiomas and vascular malformations
    • Salivary gland mass
    • Thyroglossal duct cyst
  • Nasal problems
    • Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
    • Chronic rhinorrhea (runny nose)
    • Nosebleeds (epistaxis)
    • Nasal masses
    • Nasal obstruction
    • Sinusitis (sinus infection)
  • Throat disorders
    • Enlarged or infected adenoids
    • Sleep apnea
    • Swallowing disorders
    • Tonsillitis – Inflamed, infected tonsils

Coordinated Care

Coordinated, Multidisciplinary Care

Many conditions that affect the ear, nose, or throat affect other areas or systems, as well. You’ll get seamless care from multiple specialists, because UNC Children’s providers work together to provide the best treatment for your child’s condition in one location. And because you can see different specialists on the same day, you’ll spend less time going back and forth for appointments.

Otolaryngology Services

Pediatric Otolaryngology Services & Treatments

Take advantage of UNC Children’s full range of diagnostic, medical, and surgical services specifically for babies, kids, and teens. Ask about:

  • Endoscopic procedures – Uses a long, thin tube with a light and tiny video camera to see inside the body and/or treat conditions without surgery
    • Bronchoscopy – Examines the airways and lungs
    • Laryngoscopy – Examines the back of the throat
    • Endoscopic treatment of congenital nasal anomalies
    • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Medical and surgical treatment of head and neck masses
  • Sleep apnea treatment
  • Surgical procedures
    • Adenoidectomy – Removes the adenoids
    • Choanal atresia repair – Reopens nasal passages
    • Ear tubes – Places small tubes inside the ear to relieve pressure
    • Mastoidectomy – Removes unnecessary cells behind the ear
    • Surgical treatment for excessive drooling (sialorrhea)
    • Tonsillectomy – Removes the tonsils o Tracheotomy – Opens the windpipe
    • Tympanoplasty – Eardrum repair surgery

You can trust our surgical skill. We perform more than 2,000 surgeries every year, including hundreds of ear tube placements and tonsil and adenoid removals.

Make an Appointment

Call 984-974-6484 to make an appointment with one of UNC Children’s ENT specialists.

Catching his breath

David was 11 weeks old when doctors in Boston performed a tracheostomy to bypass his obstructed airway. Two years later, a team of UNC Children’s specialists gave him back his breath—and his voice.

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