Paediatric Aerodigestive Clinic

The Paediatric Aerodigestive Clinic at Al Jalila Children’s is the only multidisciplinary programme in the UAE that includes paediatric specialists in pulmonology, ENT, gastroenterology, anesthesiology, feeding, swallowing and nutrition. Aerodigestive disorders are conditions that affect both the pulmonary and gastrointestinal systems. These conditions are generally complex and require a multidisciplinary approach to their management.

Al Jalila Children’s provides:

  • Review of records prior to arrival from previous clinic visits and evaluation (if records are made available).
  • Comprehensive single centre visit on the same day with experts in pulmonary, ENT, gastroenterology, nutrition, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy and other services as needed. If a procedure is deemed necessary, anesthesiology assessment can also be conducted.
  • We provide coordinated procedures involving multiple specialities to avoid need and risk of multiple sedation and anaesthesia exposures.        
  • Various testing including blood work, X-rays, CT-scans, pulmonary function test, nutrition or speech evaluation can be conducted on the same day before or after the visit to optimise the child’s visit.
  • A well-documented and comprehensive written communication plan will be sent to the child’s primary care provider and the referring physician or paediatrician.
  • Patient and family education.
  • We are motivated to improve medical care and quality outcomes for patients with complex aerodigestive problems.

Our core team consists of dedicated and highly-skilled physicians, therapists, nurses and other health care professionals, including experts in:      

  • Paediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine
  • Paediatric Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Paediatric Gastroenterology
  • Nutrition
  • Speech Pathology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Social Work

Conditions We Treat

  • Airway Obstruction
  • Apnea (Obstructive and Central)
  • Aspiration related respiratory symptoms
  • Asthma (Severe and uncontrollable)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchogenic cyst
  • Bronchomalacia
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia and chronic lung disease associated with prematurity
  • Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disorders related respiratory symptoms
  • Chronic cough
  • Congenital airway malformations
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Esophageal atresia
  • Esophageal strictures (caustic ingestion)
  • Esophageal webs
  • Excessive oral secretions
  • Feeding difficulties (choking, coughing, gagging while eating or drinking)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux related respiratory symptoms
  • Laryngeal and tracheal stenosis
  • Laryngeal cleft
  • Larngeal web
  • Laryngomalacia and tracheomalacia
  • Neuromuscular diseases related respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Persistent and recurrent wheezing
  • Recurrent pneumonias
  • Stridor
  • Subglottic stenosis
  • Syndromes associated with recurrent respiratory and gastrointestinal problems: Trisomy 21, Trisomy 18, CHARGE syndrome
  • Tracheal rings
  • Tracheoesophageal fistula/esophageal atresia
  • Tracheostomy dependence
  • Vocal cord dysfunction or paralysis
  • Tracheostomy dependence
  • Vocal cord paralysis/immobility.





Dr. Anees Siddiqui

Paediatric Gastroenterologist

Dr. Christos Tzivinikos

Paediatric Gastroenterologist

Dr. Mohamad Bitar

Paediatric Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgeon

Dr. Rizwana Popatia

Paediatric Pulmonologist


      Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital

Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates
800 AJCH (8002524)
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