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Airway, Voice and Swallowing Center for Children

The Pediatric Airway, Voice and Swallowing Center is a collaboration of MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

To schedule an appointment: 617-573-4206

Overview

The Pediatric Airway, Voice and Swallowing Center, a collaboration of MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, specializes in the treatment of children with voice disorders and airway management symptoms that affect the ability to eat, breathe or speak.

Multidisciplinary Pediatric Treatment for Complex Diagnoses

Disorders involving airway, swallowing and/or voice functions are often complex and may require treatment by more than one medical specialist. The center has been developed to provide seamless care for pediatric voice disorders across multiple medical subspecialties including pediatric otolaryngology, gastroenterology and pulmonology, as well as for the full range of diagnostic testing services. Our unique multidisciplinary approach enhances diagnosis, management and communication of voice disorders and airway problems with primary care providers.

At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.

Pediatric patients who may benefit from the center include those with:

  • chronic cough
  • congenital and acquired airway disorder laryngeal clefts, subglottic stenosis, vocal cord paralysis, laryngomalacia and juvenile recurrent respiratory papillomatosis
  • voice and resonance disorders (vocal nodules, cysts, velopharyngeal insufficiency, etc.)
  • paradoxical vocal fold motion
  • laryngopharyngeal reflux (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) And eosinophilic esophagitis

The center is actively involved in clinical investigation with a goal toward improving the care of these children. Among the projects the center is focusing on are the following:

  • Voice outcomes after laryngotracheal reconstruction
  • The effect of gastroesophageal reflux and eosinophilic esophagitis as regards cough, asthma and airway stenosis
  • The multi-disciplinary diagnosis and treatment of the adolescent population with paradoxical vocal fold motion and habitual cough
  • The use of laryngeal EMG in diagnosing and treating children with vocal fold immobility and the use of nerve reinervation for treatment of this disorder
  • The use of the pulsed KTP laser and novel treatments such as Avastin to treat juvenile recurrent respiratory papillomatosis
  • Best practice treatment algorithm for children with velopharyngeal insufficiency

Clinical Study: For details contact Christopher_Hartnick@meei.harvard.edu.

NIH funded study to evaluate the efficacy of voice therapy in children ages 6 to 10 with hoarseness and vocal nodules (enrolled children will receive the therapy at no cost)

Learn more about the Pediatric Airway, Voice and Swallowing Center.

Doctors

  • Donovan, Abigail Louise, MD

    617-724-5600

    Not Accepting New Patients

    Board Certifications
    • Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
    Locations
    • Boston: Acute Psychiatry Service
  • Fracchia, Mary Shannon, MD

    617-726-8707

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Asthma
    • Pediatric lung disease
    • Aerodigestive disorders
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
    • Pediatric Pulmonology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Boston: Pediatric Pulmonary
  • Hardy, Stephen Clayton, MD

    888-644-3248

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Nutritional support for children with intestinal problems
    Board Certifications
    • Pediatric Gastroenterology, American Board of Pediatrics
    Locations
    • Danvers: Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care
  • Hartnick, Christopher J., MD

    617-573-3190

    Accepting New Patients

    Clinical Interests
    • Pediatric airway
    • Voice and swallowing disorders
    Board Certifications
    • Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology
    Locations
    • Boston: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Other Providers

News

  • Patient ambassador is a guiding light for the Myhre Syndrome Clinic - 8/11/2017, Mass General

    April Lanord's son, Alec Bruneau, was considered a medical mystery until he received a diagnosis of Myhre Syndrome, a very rare genetic condition, during childhood. Since coming to the Myhre Syndrome Clinic, Alec has found a new sense of confidence and comfort in who he is. April was also inspired to become an ambassador for the clinic, helping other families get oriented to Boston and MGHfC.

  • Not Taking a Breath for Granted: Mikey's Story at FAC Grand Rounds - 5/17/2017, Mass General

    At 3 months old, Mikey was diagnosed with laryngomalacia. This made it hard for him to breathe. It also meant that he might need surgery and a tracheotomy. On April 11, his parents, Katie and Michael, shared their family’s experience at this year’s Grand Rounds, sponsored by the Family Advisory Council at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC).

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Contact

Contact Us

Airway, Voice and Swallowing Center for Children

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

243 Charles Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 617-573-3190

To schedule an appointment: 617-573-4206

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