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Diseases and Conditions

The Pediatric Airway, Voice and Swallowing Center cares for pediatric patients suffering from a variety of disorders of the aerodigestive tract.

Click on any of the following links for further information regarding some of the diseases and conditions seen in our Center.

Asthma: a chronic condition affecting the passageways that carry air to and from the lungs.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis: a build up of inflammatory cells in the esophagus that causes a variety of symptoms.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: a disease that occurs when acid from the stomach and lower gastrointestinal tract refluxes up into the esophagus and potentially the upper airway structures, causing irritation and inflammation.

Juvenile Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis: a condition that causes the growth of warts on the surface of the respiratory tract.

Laryngeal Cleft: a connection between a child’s breathing and feeding tubes that may cause food or liquid to be trapped in the lungs and can lead to further complications such as pneumonia.

Laryngomalacia: a collapse of structures above the vocal cords into the airway with inspiration that causes noisy breathing.

Paradoxic Vocal Fold Motion: abnormal movement of the vocal cords during inspiration (breathing in).

Pediatric Voice Disorders: voice dysfunction that results from the presence of vocal fold nodules or other causes.

Subglottic Hemangiomas: the most common benign tumor of infancy, often appearing as a red birthmark.

Subglottic and Tracheal Stenosis: a condition marked by narrowing of the airway due to congenital irregularities or scarring just below the vocal cords.

Tracheomalacia: a congenital or acquired condition in which the tracheal airway is flaccid or floppy.

Velopharyngeal Insufficiency: the inability to effectively seal the nose from the mouth when speaking.

Vocal Fold Immobility: an inability to move either one or both of the vocal cords.