Aerodigestive Disorders

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s aerodigestive disorders team cares for newborns to young adults with lung and esophagus disorders.

We take a team-based approach to treating conditions and develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient. Our team includes pediatric specialists across our hospital, including pulmonology, gastroenterology, ear, nose and throat (ENT), nutrition, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and radiology, and we are ready to meet a patient's needs all in one location.

Aerodigestive disorders include chronic conditions of the upper airway tract, lower airway tract and gastrointestinal tract, and are often associated with airway, breathing and swallowing dysfunction.

Conditions treated include:

  • Airway stenosis 
  • Aspiration 
  • Chronic cough 
  • Congenital pulmonary malformation 
  • Dysphagia 
  • Esophageal atresia 
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) 
  • Laryngomalacia 
  • Stridor 
  • Swallowing difficulty 
  • Tracheomalacia 
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula 
  • Vocal cord paralysis

Signs and symptoms of aerodigestive disorders:

  • Choking episodes 
  • Chronic cough 
  • Dysphagia (difficult or painful swallowing) 
  • Failure to thrive 
  • Frequent vomiting or food regurgitation 
  • High-pitched noisy breathing 
  • Recurrent croup 
  • Recurrent respiratory infections 
  • Reflux affecting the airway 
  • Resistant asthma