When your child’s symptoms move beyond the congestion and sniffles of a common cold to more serious nasal and sinus infections or other concerns, our team of experts stand ready to help. Duke Children’s pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialists diagnose the cause of your child’s symptoms and provide appropriate treatment. Our goal is to help your child feel better.
Causes of Nasal and Sinus Problems
A chronic cough, facial pain, loud breathing, loss of sense of smell, and discolored mucus can all be signs that your child has a nasal or sinus condition. If these or other common cold-like symptoms last for more than 14 days, a visit to a pediatric ENT -- a doctor who specializes in the ear, nose, and throat -- is recommended.
It may be that allergies or sinusitis, an infection of the sinuses, is to blame. Or your child may have a blockage in his or her nasal passage that is causing a buildup of fluid and pressure. This blockage may due to:
Located in the very back of the nose and often called the third tonsil.
Soft growths that develop on the lining of the nasal or sinus passages.
Occurs when the wall that separates the nostrils is crooked.
Nasal or Sinus Tumor
These are very rare.
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Duke pediatric ENT doctors -- also called pediatric otolaryngologists -- use advanced testing techniques to discover the cause of your child’s symptoms. In addition to physical exams, these may include:
Imaging Tests (Ultrasound, X-ray, CT Scan, MRI)
These check for fluid, inflammation, obstructions, or masses in the nasal and sinus cavities.
An endoscope -- a thin, flexible, lighted tube with a camera on the end -- is inserted through your child’s nose, allowing doctors to see inside your child’s nasal passages.
If a tumor is suspected, your doctor may perform a biopsy. A sample of tissue is removed with a needle, using an endoscope or during surgery. The tissue is studied under a microscope to see whether cancer is present.
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