Although children are often affected by the same ear, nose and throat conditions as adults, they often require special care to treat these complex conditions. Children are often more susceptible to ENT conditions and are commonly affected by chronic ear infections, tonsillitis, congenital defects, voice and speech disorders, sleep apnea and more. Our doctors are specially trained to diagnose and treat the unique conditions that affect children. We strive to provide the most effective treatment while taking into consideration the comfort of our patients and concerns of their parents.
Children and adults may suffer from disorders of the tonsils including recurrent infections and enlarged, obstructing tonsils. If medical therapy fails to adequately treat the problem, surgical removal of the tonsils is almost universally successful in curing the disorder. Our doctors employ the safest techniques to remove tonsils (and/or adenoids), and patients are routinely sent home the same day.
ENT specialists are uniquely able to diagnose and treat problems of the voice box or larynx. Hoarseness is a symptom that can be caused by a variety of disorders including vocal cord nodules, polyps, limited movement of the vocal cord, or acid reflux from the stomach. Fiberoptic visualization of the larynx is a noninvasive technique that allows for accurate diagnosis and guides proper treatment. Treatment may include medication, voice therapy or outpatient surgery using minimally invasive microsurgical technique.
There are many potential causes of neck masses including infection, congenital cysts, and tumors. Evaluation of a neck mass begins with a thorough history, complete examination of the head and neck region, and may include blood tests and/or radiologic evaluation such as ultrasound or CT scan. Therapy may require treatment with antibiotics in the case of infection. If indicated, our doctors will perform a fine needle biopsy in the office, a minimally invasive technique leading to rapid and accurate diagnosis. If surgery is indicated, our surgeons are trained in the latest techniques for safe removal of neck masses.
Thyroid disease is a common condition that occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce the proper amount of hormones needed by the body. Thyroid hormones help regulate the body's heart rate, temperature and metabolism. A malfunctioning gland may be producing too much or too little of these hormones for a number of different reasons, such as an autoimmune disease, exposure to radiation, reaction to medication or pregnancy.
Hyperthyroidism is an overproduction of thyroid hormones, while hypothyroidism is an underproduction. Although these are different conditions, both can lead to enlargement of the thyroid gland, heart problems and other complications. Treatment for thyroid conditions usually includes medication to increase or decrease hormone production, or surgery to remove part or all of the thyroid gland.
The thyroid gland is situated in the lower, central part of the neck, and produces thyroid hormone, which regulates metabolism. Thyroid nodules are common, and most often benign, but in some cases may be malignant. Evaluation of thyroid nodules begins with a complete examination of the head and neck region, and may include blood tests and/or radiologic imaging such as a thyroid sonogram. If indicated, our doctors will perform a fine needle biopsy in the office, a minimally invasive technique that can rapidly differentiate malignant thyroid tumors from benign nodules. If necessary, our surgeons are trained in the latest techniques for safe removal of thyroid lesions.