Otolaryngology

Expert:
Dr. Shraddha Mukerji, otolaryngologist at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.

Expert: Dr. Shraddha Mukerji, otolaryngologist at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.


The otolaryngology clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus is a child-friendly space where world class pediatric otolaryngologists provide expert care for children of all ages who have ear, nose, throat, and head and neck diseases or disorders.

Q: What conditions does the Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus otolaryngology team treat?
Physicians at the otolaryngology clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus diagnose and treat children with disorders of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck. Ear infections, hearing loss and other hearing disorders, nasal and sinus disorders, recurrent tonsil infections, neck masses and airway problems are common diagnoses treated by our ENT team.

Patients who require wax removal, treatment of nose bleeds, scopes or tube extractions for chronic sinus disorders or middle ear inflammation can be treated in clinic. Minor surgical procedures, such as foreign object removals, PE tube placement and other surgical procedures are also performed by our specialists.

Q: What other specialists will see my child when they come to an appointment in clinic?
The otolaryngology clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus is uniquely designed to support a collaborative environment so that patients benefit from having multiple specialists all in one location. ENT specialists work closely with the hospital’s audiology department to provide the best care to each patient. Whether it is a child referred to the audiology clinic for a hearing test, or an audiology patient requiring further treatment, patients have access to the best treatment plan for their unique needs.

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Photo by A. Kramer.

Q: What is the best way to make an appointment?
We offer same-day appointments for otolaryngology. Appointments are available at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and many other of our Houston-area locations. To make an appointment, visit westcampus.texaschildrens.org or call 832-227-1420.

Q: How do children’s ear, nose and throat issues differ from adults?
Children suffer very commonly from ear, nose and throat issues. Many of our kids attend daycare and school, and recurrent ear infections are extremely common in the pediatric population. Children tend to suffer more from recurrent sinusitis as compared to adults. Additionally, common colds and upper respiratory infections tend to become sinus issues earlier and more quickly in children. Many of the ear, nose and throat issues in children can be treated medically. Outpatient surgery, if required, is fairly straightforward for the majority of patients who require more invasive treatment plan.

Q: As a member of the otolaryngology team, what is your main specialty?
My specialty is to treat children with chronic nose and sinus issues. I am also interested in finding ways and means to prevent recurrent ear infections in children.

To learn more about the otolaryngology department at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, call 832-227-1420.