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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
The Esophageal and Airway Treatment (EAT) Center at Boston Children's Hospital cares for infants, children and young adults with esophageal disorders. Families travel from around the world for our advanced diagnostic testing and treatments and extensive experience in caring for children with these problems.
Our esophageal and airway team uses the most effective surgical approaches available to help children born with an esophageal and airway disorders to eventually be able to eat and breathe normally. As specialists in innovative, family-centered care, our doctors always treat your child not just as a patient but also as the person most precious to you.
If your child is having trouble breathing, eating or swallowing, you may have many questions and concerns. Rest assured-while disorders of the esophagus are rare, they are not rare to our doctors. Our esophageal disorders team:
Surgical repair of esophageal disorders are rare and complex procedures and should be performed by a surgeon specializing in this area. We strongly urge you to contact us for preliminary screening.
Our esophageal airway team treats all conditions of the esophagus and airway with the most innovative and successful treatments available. These include:
Esophageal disorders often co-occur with other conditions. Our esophageal airway team works closely with other departments and programs within Boston Children's-and with your local providers and specialists-to meet all the needs of your child.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is an example of a common, related condition. It is a digestive disorder that returns acidic or non-acid stomach juices, food or fluids back up into the esophagus. If your child has symptoms of GERD, managing this reflex is very important. Experts from our Aerodigestive Program will help to diagnose and treat the condition.
We will work to make these appointments as convenient as possible for you and your child.
Frequently, patients who have had their EA/TEF treated at another facility will come to Boston Children's Hospital for follow-up care. The EAT Program's advanced outpatient clinic is fully equipped to treat patients with complications from common EA treatments. The clinic offers follow-up care designed for life-long evaluation of patients with any/all esophageal problems.
Services at the EAT Program's outpatient clinic include access to:
To make an appointment or speak with a member of our team, please call 617-355-3038.
For families residing outside of the United States, please call Boston Children's International Health Services at +01-617-355-5209.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”