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Expertise in Both Breathing and Digestive Problems

Nemours Children’s aerodigestive disorders team treats conditions that affect the way a child eats, breathes or swallows. We work together to help kids thrive.

Aerodigestive disorders can involve the throat, lungs, esophagus or stomach. They can be complex and affect the way a child develops. And some kids can have more than one. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced team caring for your child.

At Nemours, experts from different specialties partner to evaluate your child and plan care together. Instead of seeing different doctors in different offices, we’re all in one place. This may mean your child needs fewer tests and can start treatment sooner.

We’re also recognized across the country for our research and expertise. We share our knowledge so kids everywhere with aerodigestive disorders can get the best possible care.

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Conditions & Treatments

We see a wide range of conditions — far too many to list here. The conditions we treat vary depending on the location and providers selected. Don’t see a condition listed? Call us.

Achalasia 

when the muscles in the lower part of the esophagus don’t relax, causing it to close off from the stomach

Airway obstruction

blocked airways caused by an object, swelling or other condition

Airway stenosis

when the voice box, windpipe or its branches to the lungs are too narrow

Aspiration 

breathing food, liquid or saliva into the lungs

Chronic cough

an ongoing cough that doesn’t go away

Dysphagia and feeding tube problems

difficulty swallowing food or liquids or trouble with a feeding tube

Eosinophilic esophagitis

inflammation or swelling in the tube that connects the throat and stomach

Esophageal atresia

when the esophagus doesn’t connect to the stomach like it should

Esophageal diverticuli

when pockets form on the inside of the esophagus and trap food

Esophageal stricture 

when the esophagus is narrow

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

when the stomach contents pass upward through the esophagus

Laryngeal cleft 

when an abnormal opening allows food and liquid to pass through the voice box into the lungs

Pulmonary airway malformation

when a child is born with a mass of tissue in the lung

Vocal cord problems

including weakness or paralysis, caused by problems with the nerve signals

Team-Based Care for Aerodigestive Disorders in Children

Aerodigestive disorders can be hard to diagnose. Nemours experts in gastroenterology, pulmonology and otolaryngology (ENT) work to understand the complex respiratory and digestive systems. As needed, we bring in other providers to help your child feel better. 

Delaware Valley/Philadelphia Highlights

  • Our doctors are part of programs ranked among the best in the country. U.S. News & World Report ranks our pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery programs among the best you can find.
  • We have a nationally renowned clinical and research reputation. Our doctors have made important discoveries that help kids with aerodigestive disorders live better.
  • We streamline diagnosis and treatment. Working as a team means we can limit the tests and procedures your child needs. This lowers the amount of radiation or anesthesia. 
  • Our doctors start with nonsurgical treatments when possible. We may use medicines or speech and language therapy for feeding and swallowing problems. 
  • 5+ Specialties represented on our team
  • 160+ Peer-reviewed publications our GI specialists have contributed to
  • 20+ Types of aerodigestive disorders we treat

Florida Highlights

  • We’re performing extensive clinical research. Our doctors are studying common and rare aerodigestive disorders including eosinophilic esophagitis. We bring this expertise to practice in caring for your child. 
  • Your child gets expertise from Nemours and beyond. Our program is supported by experts from Mayo Clinic, University of Florida Health, Jacksonville, and Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
  • We streamline diagnosis and treatment. Working as a team means we can limit the tests and procedures your child needs. This lowers the amount of radiation or anesthesia. 
  • Our doctors start with nonsurgical treatments when possible. We may use medicines or speech and language therapy for feeding and swallowing problems. We also use nutrition counseling and rehabilitation therapy.
  • 5+ Specialties represented on our team
  • 160+ Peer-reviewed publications our GI specialists have contributed to
  • 20+ Types of aerodigestive disorders we treat

Our Highlights

  • We streamline diagnosis and treatment. Working as a team means we can limit the tests and procedures your child needs. This lowers the amount of radiation or anesthesia. 
  • Our doctors start with nonsurgical treatments when possible. We may use medicines or speech and language therapy for feeding and swallowing problems. We also use nutrition counseling and rehabilitation therapy.
  • We make life a little easier. We arrange appointments with different providers on the same day, if possible. We help your family find resources and more.
  • If your child needs surgery, they’re in good hands. We use the latest minimally invasive methods that may reduce the need for cuts in the skin. These can include lasers, grafting techniques and endoscopy (using a skinny, lighted tube with a special camera on the end). 
  • 5+ Specialties represented on our team
  • 160+ Peer-reviewed publications our GI specialists have contributed to
  • 20+ Types of aerodigestive disorders we treat