Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat)

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At Kentucky Children’s Hospital, a skilled team of board-certified children’s ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists diagnoses and treats a variety of ENT diseases and disorders. Conditions of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck can affect many aspects of children’s lives, including their abilities to learn, play and interact with others. Our ENT doctors (also known as pediatric otolaryngologists) are dedicated to helping children thrive by finding the treatment that works best for them, whether it’s medication, surgery, speech-language therapy or combination treatment.

Children with an ENT condition receive more than expert medical and surgical care at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. Our team knows that conditions such as sinus disease (also known as chronic sinusitis) and hearing loss can have wide-ranging effects on a child’s life, especially if left untreated. That’s why we take a comprehensive, family-centered approach to care for children, focusing on their emotional as well as physical needs.

Our Services and Specialties

Our pediatric ENT doctors and advanced practice providers provide complete care for childhood ear, nose, throat, head and neck conditions. Our team:

  • Diagnoses and treats a wide range of ENT conditions
  • Collaborates with other adult and pediatric specialists throughout UK HealthCare, including those in the Asthma, Allergy & Sinus Clinic, the Cochlear Implant Program and more, to ensure children get the care they need
  • Provides emotional support to children and families throughout their course of care

Conditions We Treat

  • Adenoid hypertrophy
  • Airway disorders
  • Airway papillomas
  • Ankyloglossia (tongue-tie)
  • Auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder
  • Auditory processing disorders
  • Aural atresia
  • Balance and dizziness disorders
  • Branchial cleft cyst
  • Choanal atresia and pyriform aperture stenosis
  • Cholesteatoma
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic ear infection/otitis
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Chronic tonsillitis
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Cochlear implants 
  • Dacryocystoceles
  • Deafness
  • Deviated nasal septum 
  • Ear anomalies
  • Ear infections
  • Enlarged or infected neck lymph nodes
  • Foreign objects in ear, nose or throat
  • Hearing loss/problems
  • Hoarseness
  • Laryngeal cleft
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Mastoiditis
  • Myringotomy (ear tubes)
  • Nasal dermoid/gliomas
  • Nasal encephaloceles
  • Nasal polyposis
  • Nasal tumors
  • Nose bleeds
  • Otitis externa (swimmer's ear)
  • Otitis media
  • Salivary gland problems
  • Salivary gland tumors/masses
  • Sinus infections
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stridor (noisy breathing)
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Thyroglossal duct cyst
  • Thyroid enlargement
  • Tinnitus
  • Tonsillar hypertrophy
  • Tracheal stenosis
  • Vocal fold paralysis
  • Vertigo
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI)
  • Tympanic membrane perforation (perforated eardrum)
  • Tracheostomy dependence
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula

Why Choose Kentucky Children’s Hospital for Pediatric ENT Services?

High-level training and experience are essential for ENT specialists, and ours have both. Our ENT doctors have completed a residency in ENT and an extra year of fellowship training focused on complex ENT disorders in infants, children and adolescents. These specialists perform more than 2,000 surgeries each year, from ear tube placement and tonsillectomy to complex airway reconstruction and cochlear implantation.

Our ENT team sees patients in Lexington, Morehead and Turfland, and surgeries take place in Lexington at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, typically at the Center for Advanced Surgery. The hospital features a neonatal intensive care unit for care of babies born premature or with complex health conditions, as well as a pediatric intensive care unit for children and teenagers who need high-level, around-the-clock care. Kentucky Children’s Hospital is part of the UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, which U.S. News & World Report named the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky and the Bluegrass Region.


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