Arkansas Pediatric Aerodigestive Program

Airway problems are the most important cause of labored breathing in children and occur on a daily basis.  With a growing demand for airway and swallowing management, the Arkansas Children’s Aerodigestive Program constructed a multidisciplinary program that specializes in the diagnosis and surgical management of pediatric upper aerodigestive problems. The Aerodigestive Program treats children with a variety of airway, breathing and swallowing disorders using state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment techniques. The Aerodigestive Program has a team of otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, speech therapists, nutritionists, feeding therapists and respiratory therapists.  The program is dedicated to the coordinated medical and surgical care of children with individual aerodigestive needs.

Common Conditions Treated

  • Airway Obstruction (stenosis): Supraglottic, Glottic, Subglottic, Tracheal
  • Voice Disorders: Vocal Fold Nodules, Vocal Fold Paralysis, Papillomatosis, Laryngeal Web/Glottic Stenosis, Laryngeal Atresia
  • Apnea (central and obstructive): Refractory after Tonsillectomy
  • Severe Malacia (floppy airway): Laryngomalacia, Tracheomalacia, Bronchomalacia
  • Feeding Difficulties: Dysphagia/Aspiration, Laryngeal Cleft, Tracheoesophageal Fistula, Severe Reflux


During your child’s initial visit, each specialist will meet with you and your child to discuss your concerns and evaluate your child. The program visit may include diagnostic tests and procedures such as X-rays, blood, sweat testing and an awake flexible airway scope. Your child may be seen for a one-time consultation or may continue to be followed on a regular basis depending on his or her healthcare needs.  The Aerodigestive Program is unique in that it allows your child to see multiple specialists at the same visit.


After your child’s visit, the Aerodigestive team will sit down together to discuss their individualized findings and work as a team to develop a treatment plan that is the most efficient way to treat your child. This may include coordination of surgical and diagnostic procedures, a sleep study, ongoing therapy, referrals to additional specialists, medications and nutritional adjustments. One of the program nurses and /or doctors will contact you with an individualized treatment plan for your child and to coordinate any additional needs.

The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Aerodigestive Clinic helps kids with respiratory and related GI problems. Watch this video to see the clinic's Medical Director, Gresham T. Richter, M.D., FACS, explain the service.


Fax: 501-364-4790

ENT Clinic 
South Wing, 2nd Floor 

Note: This clinic is available to your child by physician referral. Talk with your child's physician and tell him/her you would like to be referred to Arkansas Children's. Have the doctor contact the Arkansas Children's Appointment Center to make a referral at 501-364-4000. If your child does not have a regular physician, please call 501-364-4000 and we will be happy to recommend one in your area.