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Airway and Aspiration Center for Children

The mission of the Airway and Aspiration Center for Children is to provide the public and the medical community with top quality, comprehensive, compassionate, high-profile medical care for children, and well-rounded, multidisciplinary education for parents. In addition to providing exemplary patient care, the Airway and Aspiration Center for Children will generate new treatment options, educational experiences, and collaborative research opportunities with MUSC Children's Health.

Clinical Areas

Pediatric airway and swallowing disorders can be complicated and life threatening. The center coordinates subspecialty care for children with airway and swallowing problems to allow comprehensive care during a single visit.

Medical management often requires involvement of multiple subspecialty services in addition to ear, nose and throat medicine:

  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Speech and Language Pathology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Radiology

The Airway and Aspiration Center for Children focuses on the treatment of children with complex aerodigestive problems including chronic tracheostomy dependence, congenital laryngeal anomalies, airway stenosis and other obstructive etiologies, airway hemangiomas and other vascular malformations of the aerodigestive tract, diagnosis and treatment of aspiration, sialorrhea, complex chronic cough, and complex sleep/upper airway issues.

Educating Our Patients

The faculty of the Airway and Aspiration Center for Children educate patients, families, and healthcare professionals in a variety of ways. Sharon Kelly Brown, RN, and the MUSC Children's Health team of physicians and speech pathologists provide inpatient education for children who are tracheostomy dependent and their families.