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Congenital Head & Neck Problems

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What problems can occur with the head and neck?

The head and neck are parts of the body that are very important for maintaining the function of sight, smell, breathing and hearing. Infections, tumors, and congenital deformities can occur that create difficulties performing everyday sensory functions. Reconstructive surgery is sometimes needed in these cases to correct the defect or deformity and restore normal hearing, smell, sight, or breathing.

What types of congenital head and neck problems occur in children?

One of the most common birth defects is congenital hearing loss or deafness, which can occur in as many as 3 of every 1,000 babies, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Other birth defects can occur in the head or neck—and can be treated by New York ENT—include the following:

Other congenital head and neck problems exist. If your child is suffering from a birth defect in the head or neck, speak with a New York ENT doctor to determine the best course of action.

When should I take my child to a doctor for a congenital head or neck problem?

If you believe your child is suffering from a congenital head or neck problem, it is imperative to visit an ear, nose and throat specialist as soon as possible. Because some congenital abnormalities can result in hearing, speech, or other functioning problems, the earlier you seek treatment, the better.

How are congenital head and neck problems treated?

Congenital head and neck problems are treated in various ways, depending on the specific abnormality your child is suffering from. Some of the treatments offered by New York ENT include neck mass surgery and tongue tie treatment. Speak with your New York ENT physician to determine the best treatment options for your child’s genetic hear or neck condition.

If your child is suffering from a congenital head or neck problem, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of congenital head and neck conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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