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Head and Neck Conditions

sore throat thyroidThe Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) specialists at Torrance Memorial Physician Network provide expert treatment for adults and children with conditions that affect the head and neck. If you or your child is experiencing a head or neck disorder or problem, our specialists will use the latest diagnostic and treatment methods to provide comprehensive head and neck care.

What are the Symptoms of Head and Neck Disorders?

Your throat allows you to swallow food and fluid. It also prevents food and fluid from going up into your nose or down your windpipe and into your lungs.

Head and Neck problems occur when certain parts of your throat do not work properly or become infected or swollen. Blockages in your throat can also cause problems that affect your ability to breathe or get a restful night of sleep. Problems with your throat may cause symptoms, including:

  • Sore throat or throat pain
  • Redness in your throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Difficulty breathing, especially while sleeping
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Fatigue
  • White patches on the back of your throat
  • Fever
  • Body aches

Our specialists treat a full range of common and complex throat disorders, including:

  • Aspiration
  • Croup
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Growths in mouth and throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Salivary gland disorders
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Strep throat
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Thyroid or parathyroid problems
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tonsil stones
  • Vocal cord disorders

Treatment, Therapies and Services

When problems occur with your throat, our otolaryngology specialists can help. During your first visit, our ENT specialists will review your medical history and symptoms, as well as perform a complete examination of your throat. If necessary, your specialist may perform tests to diagnose the cause of your throat problem.

Our board-certified ENT specialists will develop a customized treatment plan to address the cause of your throat problem and relieve your symptoms. We provide a range of throat treatments, therapies and services, including:

  • Antibiotics
  • Biopsies
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Neck cancer surgery
  • Neck mass removal
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Parotidectomy
  • Throat abscess drainage
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tongue clipping
  • Tonsillectomy