Our Pediatric Otolaryngology Service cares for children with a wide variety of sinus conditions. These include inflammatory lesions, congenital masses, and both benign and malignant neoplasms. Knowledge of these conditions and their clinical presentations is essential to their proper diagnosis and management.
Sinusitis is a common condition in children, yet managing it can be difficult. The pediatric otolaryngologists at Mass. Eye and Ear work closely with the pediatric allergists and pulmonologists at Mass General Hospital For Children (MGHfC) to develop comprehensive plans for such children and to treat their underlying conditions.
Children can also develop significant complications from sinusitis such as sub-periosteal abscesses and orbital absesses. Left untreated, these can lead to vision loss and meningitis. Our service employs the latest technologies such as image guided tracking systems and balloon sinoplasty technology, when appropriate, to provide the safest and least invasive surgeries for children with acute/chronic sinusitis.
Specific cohorts of children with underlying conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, Primary Ciliary Dyskinesias (PCD), and Immunodeficiencies experience sinusitis at a higher rate than other children. These children need a collaborative approach to their care. The pediatric otolaryngologists at Mass. Eye and Ear work closely with the Cystic Fibrosis Center as well as the pediatric immunologists and infectious disease specialists at MGHfC to care for these children. Our physicians also have close clinical collaborations with the PCD national research centers such as the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Primary Malignant Tumors
Although rare, pediatric sinonasal and anterior skull base tumors can be life threatening conditions. The Pediatric Otolaryngologists at Mass. Eye and Ear work closely with both the Pediatric Oncologists and Radiation Oncologists at the MGHfC to care children afflicted with tumors such as sarcomas, juvenile angiofibromas, and esthesioneuroblastomas. By employing state-of-the-art surgical techniques, such as endoscopic skull base procedures aided by image guided tracking systems, and by utilizing the internationally recognized Proton Radiation Center at Mass General as appropriate, children receive the highest possible quality of care to find successful treatments for their conditions.