Your Child's Airway Disorders Appointment

Making an appointment

Tell us about your child. When you first contact the Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders, a member of our staff will gather basic information about your child. Later, an experienced clinical member of our team (a nurse practitioner or physician assistant) will speak with you to get more in-depth information about the reason for your visit and answer any of your questions.

Share medical records. We may request copies of specific medical records and studies that your child has already completed. This is very important to understanding the complete background of your child's case, and communicating that background information to the different specialists you might see during your visit. If your child's primary pediatrician referred you to CHOP, we will work closely with him or her directly to provide your child with whatever care is needed. An appointment will be set up as soon as possible.

Preparing for your visit

Where to find us

The Center for Pediatric Airway Disorders now sees patients on the 5th floor of the Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care on the Raymond G. Perelman Campus, across the street from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Main Building. Parking is available in the garage beneath the building.

Please review the resources available to help you prepare for your visit to CHOP including driving directions, a video guide and list of hospital amenities.

What to expect

Your visit to our Center may be planned so that many different evaluations and tests can be done in as short a time as possible. If your child needs to be seen by several specialists, one of our program coordinators will make these appointments and provide you with the all the details and the plan for your visit. The benefits to you include:

  • Collaboration. Every specialist will be involved early on, ensuring that the entire airway team is well-informed about your child's condition, and working together to decide on the best care plan for your child.
  • Efficiency. Multiple appointments in one day eliminate the need for several trips to the Hospital; this is especially beneficial for families with children who are medically fragile and have special needs.
  • Comprehensive diagnosis. We will get you the answers you're looking for about your child's condition as quickly as possible. Our goal is to give you a diagnosis before you leave CHOP to go home.

Additional testing

Because accurate diagnosis is essential to planning treatment, we may perform or order additional tests during your child’s visit to establish or confirm a suspected condition. 

Testing may include: 

  • Nasopharyngolaryngoscopy (NPL)
  • Functional Endoscopic Evaluation of the Swallow (FEES)
  • Video stroboscopy
  • Voice recording
  • Speaking valve trial
  • Tracheostomy tube capping trial
  • Flexible tracheoscopy
  • Binocular microscopy
  • Hearing exam
  • A chest X-ray or lateral neck film
  • Airway fluoroscopy
  • Respiratory cultures
  • Blood work
  • Chest, neck or head CT scan with or without contrast
  • Chest, neck or head MRI scan with or without contrast

After your child's appointment

After your child's office visit, we will contact your child's physician and send correspondence regarding our recommendations. Whatever plan of treatment you follow, our team is here to answer your questions, provide information and support you in any way we can.

Our program coordinators, nurse practitioners and physician assistant are available by phone during office hours to answer any additional questions or concerns that you may have.

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Your Child's Airway Disorders Appointment

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