The Aerodigestive Program treats children with a variety of airway, breathing and swallowing disorders using state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment techniques. The program is dedicated to the coordinated medical and surgical care of children with individual aerodigestive needs.

Possible Conditions

The Arkansas Children’s Aerodigestive Program constructed a multidisciplinary program that specializes in the diagnosis and surgical management of pediatric upper aerodigestive problems, including:

  • Airway Obstruction (stenosis): Supraglottic, Glottic, Subglottic, Tracheal
  • Apnea (central and obstructive): Refractory after Tonsillectomy
  • Feeding Difficulties: Dysphagia/Aspiration, Laryngeal Cleft, Tracheoesophageal Fistula, Severe Reflux
  • Severe Malacia (floppy airway): Laryngomalacia, Tracheomalacia, Bronchomalacia
  • Voice Disorders: Vocal Fold Nodules, Vocal Fold Paralysis, Papillomatosis, Laryngeal Web/Glottic Stenosis, Laryngeal Atresia


During your child's initial visit, each specialist will meet with you and your child to discuss your concerns and evaluate your child. The program visit may include diagnostic tests and procedures such as X-rays, blood, sweat testing and an awake flexible airway scope. Your child may be seen for a one-time consultation or may continue to be followed on a regular basis depending on his or her healthcare needs.  The Aerodigestive Program is unique in that it allows your child to see multiple specialists at the same visit.


After your child's visit, the Aerodigestive team will sit down together to discuss their individualized findings and develop a treatment plan that is the most efficient way to treat your child. This may include coordination of surgical and diagnostic procedures, a sleep study, ongoing therapy, referrals to additional specialists and/or medications and nutritional adjustments. A program nurse and/or doctor will contact you with a treatment plan for your child and coordinate any additional needs.

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