Throat & Neck

Throat & Neck

Pediatric Throat Services

When the tonsils become swollen, they cause pain and a variety of other symptoms. They will appear red and inflamed and may have white or yellow spots on them. Symptoms include sore throat, fever, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, bad breath, headache, stomachache, swollen glands and a stiff neck. Younger children may experience drooling and exhibit marked…

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Swallowing Disorders

Trouble swallowing, known medically as dysphagia, occurs when food feels like it is sticking in your throat or chest. It is usually the result of an improperly functioning esophagus and tends to affect the elderly more than any other age group. Occasional difficulty swallowing affects almost everybody and isn’t cause for alarm; sometimes we simply…

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Hoarseness

Hoarseness is an abnormally deep or harsh voice that may sound raspy, scratchy, breathy or strained. There may be changes in volume or pitch. It’s usually the result of irritation or injury to the vocal cords and can be caused by a number of different conditions. When we speak, our vocal cords vibrate as air…

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Vocal Cords

Vocal cords, sometimes referred to as vocal folds, play an important role in how we produce sounds. First there must be air in your lungs; this occurs through the act of inhaling. The air is then pushed through the lungs into your windpipe. At the top of the windpipe sits your vocal cords. The cords…

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Thyroid/Parathyroid

The thyroid and parathyroid are endocrine glands near the throat that secrete hormones throughout the body. The thyroid is bowtie-shaped and rests in front of the trachea (windpipe). It uses iodine from food to regulate the body’s energy. The parathyroid is a cluster of smaller glands located on the back of the thyroid. Their role…

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Tonsils & Adenoids

The tonsils and adenoids are part of the lymphatic system and serve as defenders of the immune system, protecting your body by preventing germs and bacteria from entering through your mouth and nose. Occasionally, they will develop problems themselves, requiring the attention of an ENT specialist. Tonsil & Adenoid Problems The tonsils (located in the…

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Reflux

Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a chronic digestive condition that causes painful heartburn and regurgitation for millions of Americans every year. It occurs when the contents of the stomach seep backwards into the esophagus. Symptoms & Causes Normally, following a meal, a valve on your esophagus – the sphincter – closes, preventing…

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Head & Neck Masses

Masses of the head and neck can be malignant or benign. It is important to have masses evaluated right away so that if they are dangerous, treatment can start early. There are three major categories of head and neck masses: congenital, inflammatory and neoplastic. Congenital masses are most common in children, but can be present…

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