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Airway Problems

Doctor checking girl's throat

Airway problems can range from uncomplicated stridor (high-pitched, noisy breathing) to life-threatening airway obstructions. At the University of Chicago, our otolaryngologists use advanced equipment and techniques to precisely diagnose and treat these conditions.

If surgery is required, our surgeons use endoscopic techniques, when appropriate, to minimize pain and reduce scarring. When necessary, our helicopter transports children to the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital for acute care in our intensive care unit, where our pediatric otolaryngologists work closely with our expert pediatric critical care team to identify problems and resolve them.

Dozens of Medical Specialists Rally to Help Newborn Beat Rare Tumor

Sofia Espinoza and John Carlos Guzman

Before John Carlos Guzman was born, a large, life-threatening tumor, called a teratoma, was detected growing on his neck. Knowing that her son's survival would require a highly complex procedure, Sofia Espinoza trusted our dream team of experts to safely orchestrate the complicated delivery. “When I was searching everywhere for positive stories about teratomas this large, there were none," Espinoza said. "That’s why I want to share my experience with other parents."

» Read John Carlos' story.

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