• John M. DobrowskiEmail author
  • Donald KeamyJr
  • Molly A. Dobrowski
Part of the Current Clinical Psychiatry book series (CCPSY)


Disorders of the ear, nose, and throat are common in both children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and otolaryngologists are often an important part of the health-care team for these individuals. Because many patients with ASD first present with speech and language delays, raising concerns about hearing impairment, the otolaryngologist is often the first specialist consulted. Conditions commonly encountered both in the primary care setting and in specialty care include hearing impairment, recurrent ear and throat infections, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, and sleep disturbances with concern for obstructive sleep apnea. Thus, it is critical for both primary care physicians and otolaryngologists to be aware of the symptoms of ASD, the common otolaryngologic disorders in this population, and the capacity to adjust one’s approach to the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders to meet the needs of patients with ASD.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John M. Dobrowski
    • 1
    Email author
  • Donald KeamyJr
    • 1
  • Molly A. Dobrowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.St. Louis University School of Nursing, and at Amego, Inc.,BostonUSA

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