Upper Airway Center

  • Expert Care for Obstructive Sleep Apena

    Raouf Amin, MD, Program Director of the Upper Airway Center, with a patient.

    The Upper Airway Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to caring for children with complex obstructive sleep apnea. We have specific expertise in treating obstructive sleep apnea in children with craniofacial abnormalities and Down Syndrome.

    How We Are Different

    At Cincinnati Children’s, specialists come together from different disciplines, including otolaryngologists, pulmonologists who specialize in sleep, radiologists, plastic surgeons, geneticists and developmental pediatricians from the Thomas Center for Down Syndrome. Our expert team has performed hundreds of craniofacial surgeries. Specialists collaborate in a single location to provide comprehensive care for each child, attending a weekly meeting to review each child’s case and develop and discuss the care plan.

    The Upper Airway Center focuses on children with craniofacial anomalies who are prone to sleep disordered breathing. Anatomically, theses patients are predisposed to upper airway obstruction and obstruction during sleep. Most children with Down Syndrome will develop sleep apnea by age 9 - 11 years, with 60% developing sleep apnea by age three. Long-term consequences of not treating a child’s sleep disordered breathing include behavior problems, cognitive delays and developmental delays.

 
  • Conditions Treated

    We diagnose and care for children with upper airway obstruction and sleep apnea with underlying conditions such as craniofacial anomalies and skeletal dysplasia.  

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  • Clinical Research

    Team members at the Upper Airway Center are part of an NIH grant-funded research study to better evaluate and treat sleep apnea.

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  • Contact / Refer

    To make a referral to the Upper Airway Center contact us at 513-636-3730.

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