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care close to home for conditions of the ear, nose and throat

Dayton Children’s provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for children with conditions of the ear, nose and throat. This includes care for common conditions, such as chronic ear infections and tonsillitis, and more complex disorders, such as cleft palate, permanent hearing loss and airway problems. Families choose Dayton Children’s for their children’s ENT needs because of our physicians’ high level of expertise, the easy access to our specialty clinics and our friendly, patient-centered atmosphere.

Our board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians take a conservative approach to care, pursuing non-surgical and minimally invasive techniques whenever possible. They believe strongly that the healing process requires both excellent medical care and a warm relationship between physician and family that is based on trust and good communication.

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For more information about pediatric ENT at Dayton Children’s, please call 937-641-4647. Appointments are available with a physician referral.

You can make an appointment by calling central scheduling at 937-641-4000.

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Ravindhra G. Elluru, MD, PhD, Division Chief

ear nose and throat (ENT)
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Ankur M. Patel, DO, MPH

ear nose and throat (ENT)
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Elizabeth Knecht, MD

ear nose and throat (ENT)
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conditions we treat

chronic ear infections

Many children develop an ear infection from time to time. But some children have frequent ear infections, which in addition to being painful also can lead to delays in speech and learning development.

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hearing loss

Hearing loss is a common birth defect, and it can affect a child’s social, emotional and cognitive development. Hearing problems are treatable when caught early, so it is important to have your child’s hearing tested early in life and throughout childhood.

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problems with tonsils and adenoids

Tonsils and adenoids protect children from infection by trapping germs that come in through the mouth and nose. But sometimes tonsils and adenoids develop an infection. If this happens frequently, it can cause problems with sleeping, breathing and swallowing.

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sleep apnea

Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing during sleep. It is usually caused by something blocking the upper airway. If left untreated, obstructive sleep apnea can lead to learning, behavior, growth and heart problems.

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sinusitis and nasal congestion

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses, a connected system of hollow cavities in the skull. It is sometimes linked to allergies, asthma or even defects such as an unusually narrow sinus opening. The symptoms are similar to cold or flu symptoms, and include nasal congestion, fever and tenderness in the face.

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disorders of the larynx and trachea

The trachea (windpipe) is part of the body’s airway system. The larynx (voicebox) is at the uppermost part of the windpipe. Some children are born with problems of the trachea and larynx, and others develop them as they grow or as the result of a trauma.

masses and tumors of the head, neck and face

When brain cells grow abnormally or grow out of control, a tumor (also known as a mass of cells) can form. If the tumor puts pressure on certain areas of the brain, it can affect how the brain functions. Masses and tumors that develop in the head, neck and face are sometimes but not always cancerous.

swallowing disorders

Swallowing disorders are sometimes called dysphagia. They prevent food or liquid from passing easily from the mouth into the throat, through the windpipe and into the stomach.

voice disorders and velopharyngeal insufficiency

A voice disorder can cause a child’s voice to be raspy, weak or gravelly. It can develop because of overuse, an injury or other condition. Velopharyngeal insufficiency is a type of voice disorder. Children who have velopharyngeal insufficiency sound nasally, because parts of the throat and roof of the mouth do not work properly during speech.

vascular birthmarks and vascular anomalies of the head and neck

Vascular birthmarks and vascular anomalies are a grouping of abnormal blood vessels in the body. They can occur on the top of the skin, deep inside the skin or both. These abnormal blood vessels can cause problems with a person’s appearance and/or interfere with bodily functions. Some vascular anomalies, such as hemangiomas, can be associated with other medical conditions.

our clinics

Our pediatric ENT specialists provide comprehensive care for all conditions of the ear, nose and throat—from the common to the complex.

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your child’s clinic visit

What to bring, what to expect when you come for a clinic appointment.

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surgical care

Our surgeons perform tonsillectomies, complex airway reconstruction and everything in between for conditions of the ear, nose and throat.

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diagnostic testing

Learn about the sophisticated tests we use to diagnose and monitor your child’s condition.

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resources for patients

Helpful resources for families whose children are receiving ENT care at Dayton Children’s.

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resources for physicians

Helpful resources for community physicians.

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