Pediatric ENT

Pediatric Otolaryngology Barcelona

Our otolaryngology department is in close collaboration with the pediatric department of our institute, sharing medical and surgical protocols in order to offer an individual treatment for each child. Moreover, this team has been consolidated as a referral department for pediatricians all around Catalonia.

  • Most aphonies and functional disphonies are solved thanks to the speech therapist intervention, who collaborates with our department.
  • Speech therapy treatment for speech and language disorders as well as mouth breathing.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of pharyngitis, amygdalitis, etc..
  • Audiometry and tympanometry performance, as well as the possibility to programme a conditioned child audiometry for children beyond 2 years old with hearing loss suspicion.
  • Neurophysiology testing for neonatal screening by Auditory Brainstem Response and Audiometric Steady-State Response, this last one of recent application, which consists in an innovative method that makes possible the estimation of the audiometric frequences, by means of a last generation computer software.
  • Advice for parents in case of hearing aid or specific surgery requirement.
  • In our centre, the diagnosis and treatment is performed together with an interdisciplinary evaluation that includes, besides our department, the sleep specialists at Estivill Clinic. Ronchopathy affects 10% of the child population, while the obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) incidence is about 3%. The clinical features are cardiovascular alterations, behaviour alterations (lack of attention, hyperactivity, aggressiveness, irritability), neurocognitive alterations (memory, global intelligence and distortion of language acquisition…).

    The most frequent cause of airway obstruction is adenotonsillar hypertrophy (an inherent factor and very common in the child anatomy).

    The treatment of choice in children is surgery, that is directed to solve the obstructive cause. This surgery is easily and safely performed due to new technologies: CO2 Laser surgery, Radiofrequency… It is approximately a half an hour length surgery, that consists in the partial reduction of the tonsils and excision of the adenoid. Using the most advanced methods, pain and intra and post-surgical complications are minimized.

    • Acute otitis media (AOM) together with seromucous otitis media (SMO) are some the most common pathologies during childhood. Most of them are spontaneously solved, but 6% of them need surgical treatment with tympanostomy tube placement. It is a fast and simple surgery that solves this pathology effectively.
    • Our department also performs surgery for mastoiditis, chronic otitis, timpanoplasty, etc…
    • Hearing surgery with conventional surgery Stapedectomy, as well as more sophisticated surgeries such as Implantable Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants…