The Aerodigestive Disorders Clinic, formerly the Combined Airway Clinic, utilizes a multidisciplinary and coordinated approach to care for children with chronic and complex disorders of the upper airway (pharynx and larynx), the lower airway (trachea, bronchi, and lungs) and upper digestive tract (esophagus and stomach).
The clinic is a collaboration between Otolaryngology, Pulmonology and Gastroenterology. The team works together with a support team of speech language pathologists, nutritional specialists, social workers and nurse practitioners.
During a visit to the Pediatric Aerodigestive Disorders Clinic, the child is evaluated by the entire team on the same day in order to provide real time evaluation and treatment recommendations. This reduces the need for repeat visits to multiple subspecialists and allows for direct communication between caregivers. If operative evaluation or treatment is recommended, this can also be performed in a coordinated fashion.
Conditions treated include: