The Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology provides care for children with disorders of the ears, nose and throat. These disorders can be congenital or acquired. The otolaryngologists care for a vast area of disorders, including:
- ear infections
- hearing loss
- airway obstruction
- obstructive sleep apnea
- sinus infection
- voice disorders
- salivary gland diseases
- thyroid lumps
- abnormally-shaped ears
- congenital cysts
- sinuses and fistulae of the head and neck
- foreign bodies
- tumours of the ear, nose, sinuses, neck, salivary glands, thyroid, larynx, trachea, and skull base.
Surgery ranges from relatively minor, such as myringotomy and tympanostomy tube insertion, adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy, to complex major procedures of the head and neck, such as cochlear implantation, mastoidectomy, bronchoscopy using balloons and lasers, open laryngeal reconstruction, neck or thyroid tumour removals, and endoscopic skull base surgery.
Every year, many thousands of children are assessed and treated through the Pediatric Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat) Clinic, including children referred from across British Columbia, the Yukon, and beyond. In addition, the team members participate in a number of multi-disciplinary clinics with other colleagues from across the campus, for example,
cleft lip and palate,
vascular anomalies, home ventilation and tracheostomy, complex aerodigestive disorders, esophageal atresia, thyroid,
cochlear implantation, and bone conduction implantation.
You can find more information and resources in the
Family Resource Library and about choking prevention and safe feeding through the
Safe Start Program.
What to bring
It is important to your child to make this visit as informative as possible, so the adult(s) who come with her/him should have the best knowledge of the history. Please bring the following to each clinic visit:
- BC CareCard/Services Card
- List of medications your child takes
- Medical or personal records, such as x-rays or lab tests. If you are unsure about what to bring, please call the clinic office.
- If you have a number of questions, most parents find it handy to make a list to bring with them.
For more information on planning your visit, please see here: http://www.bcchildrens.ca/our-services/your-visit/planning-your-visit
If you need to cancel
If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact us as soon as possible (at least 48 hours ahead of time, if you can) so that your appointment time can be used by another patient.
If your child has an infection
If your child has been in contact with any infectious diseases (such as chicken pox or measles) during the three weeks before your appointment, please let us know immediately. We may need to reschedule your appointment.
If you need an interpreter
If an interpreter would be helpful for you, please phone us as soon as possible and we will arrange for this.