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Tests, Procedures and Interventions

There are several tests, procedures and medical and surgical interventions available in the Pediatric Airway, Voice and Swallowing Center to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of conditions. Determining which are most appropriate for your child is a decision to be made with your child’s physician. Click on any of the following links to learn more about some of our frequently ordered tests, procedures and interventions:

Adenoidectomy: Removal of the adenoid to relieve airway obstruction and/or to help with sinus and ear infections.

Exercise Test for Paradoxic Vocal Fold Motion: An exercise test performed in the office to evaluate the vocal cord’s movement for symptoms of paradoxic vocal fold motion.

Feeding and Speech Evaluation: Evaluation of feeding and speech performance by one of our Speech-Language Pathologists.

Laryngoscopy: A test performed in the office to evaluate obstruction in the upper airway.

Modified Barium Swallow: A radiographic study to evaluate swallowing safety and to determine the best methods of oral intake.

PE Tube Insertion: Placement of a tube in the eardrum to promote proper ventilation and drainage for children with frequent ear infections.

Pediatric Airway Reconstruction: A surgical procedure that is performed to treat severe cases of subglottic and tracheal stenosis.

pH Probe: Evaluation of avid levels in the upper gastrointestinal tract, often ordered when a diagnosis of acid reflux is suspected.

Pulmonary Function Testing: A computerized test measuring a child’s ability to take air into and out of the lungs.

Synagis Vaccine: A vaccine used to prevent Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in children with tracheostomies.

Tonsillectomy: Surgical removal of the tonsils, often to relieve airway obstruction.

Tracheostomy: A surgically created opening in the neck to provide a safe airway passage for children with airway obstruction.

Triple Endoscopy: A diagnostic procedure that allows for visualization of the air pipe into the lungs, as well as the food into the stomach.

X-ray or CT study: Radiological studies are offered through the Mass. Eye and Ear Radiology Department.