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Airway & Swallowing Clinic

Aerodigestive Clinic

The Aerodigestive Clinic at Children’s Hospital New Orleans is a multidisciplinary clinic specializing in the evaluation and treatment of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with complex airway, breathing, and swallowing problems. The Aerodigestive team includes providers from the Gastroenterology, Otolaryngology, Pulmonology, and Speech Language Pathology departments who collaboratively assess the child’s needs and recommend care based on a family-centered
team approach.

Patients are evaluated by the team over two consecutive days. Day one includes a team evaluation in clinic with any additional ancillary tests needed to complete the evaluation such as pulmonary function tests, x-rays, swallow studies, and blood work. The following day is devoted to the aerodigestive endoscopies including laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy, and esophagogastroduodenoscopy under a single anesthetic. These procedures are performed with the entire team present, thus decreasing the anesthesia time and the number of required visits while promoting a team assessment.

Some conditions commonly treated:

  • Airway obstruction and stenosis
  • Aspiration/ Dysphagia
  • Esophageal disorders
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD)
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux disorder (LPRD)
  • Noisy breathing and stridor
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Tracheomalacia

For providers

How to refer a patient

To refer a patient, please call 504.827.0832 or fax the patient’s information to 504.896.2704. The pulmonology nurse navigator will contact the patient and schedule the visit. The Aerodigestive Clinic is held at the main campus at Children’s Hospital once a month.

Our stories

Keona Mock has a tracheostomy and a speaking valve so she can speak. Her adopted family could hear her for the first time over the holiday season.

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