Aspiration Management Clinic
The Aspiration Management (Aerodigestive) Clinic at Children's Hospital & Medical Center uses a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate and provide comprehensive care to children with complex problems involving the airway, pulmonary function, upper digestive tract, as well as feeding disorders. The primary team consists of highly specialized doctors from pediatric pulmonology, otolaryngology (ears, nose and throat) and gastroenterology. The rest of the team is made up of specialized nurses, dietitians, a speech and occupational therapist, respiratory therapist and social worker. After each clinic visit, our team of doctors and support staff will discuss the most efficient way to treat and coordinate ongoing care for your child.
We evaluate and treat children with:
- Chronic airway disorders including tracheostomy, ventilation and supplemental oxygen
- Anatomic disorders of the pharynx, larynx or esophagus that limit oral feeding
- Feeding and swallowing disorders, aspiration, reflux and specialized feeding needs
- Neurologic disorders and syndromes that affect breathing and swallowing
Some of the conditions treated by the clinic include: