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Introduction to Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders in Children

by Udayan K. Shah, MD

Ear, nose, and throat disorders, particularly infections, are extremely common among children.

Other disorders, such as hearing impairment (see Hearing Impairment in Children) and neck masses (see Neck Masses in Children), affect fewer children but are potentially serious. In general, any abnormality of a child’s ear, nose, or throat (see Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis and see Juvenile Angiofibromas) that does not resolve within several days should be evaluated by a doctor. Sometimes these disorders and abnormalities lead to problems with communication (see Communication Disorders in Children).