Article: Treatment Options: Study reports neck dissection effective in patients with residual disease
Patients who had residual neck disease after treatment for a primary head and neck squamous carcinoma and then underwent neck dissection had comparable survival rates to those who had their disease resolved after their initial chemotherapy and radiation treatment, according to a retrospective analysis from researchers at the University of Louisville in Kentucky presented here Jan. 27.
Problems with the nasal valve that lead to difficulty with breathing can be tricky, in terms of both diagnosis and treatment, said a group of experts here at the Triological Society’s Combined Sections Meeting on Jan. 28.
Article: Tailored Treatments: The right approach to vocal fold paralysis depends on the patient, panelists say
Otolaryngologists treating vocal fold paralysis have many options from which to choose, but the best choice depends on the wants and needs of the patient, a panel of experts said here at the Triological Society’s Combined Sections Meeting on Jan. 28.
The system of clinical cancer research, including that of head and neck cancer, is in need of an overhaul, but steps are being taken that might lead to more efficient work and will hopefully mean more medical breakthroughs, said David Schuller, MD, the chair in cancer research at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, at the Triological Society’s Combined Sections Meeting, held here on Jan. 27.
Article: A Glass Half Full: Triological Society president draws attention to the benefits of U.S. health care
The debate over soaring health care costs fails to properly acknowledge the benefits that have stemmed from improved medical technology and expanded medical knowledge, said Triological Society President Gerald Berke, MD, in an address at the society’s Combined Sections Meeting, held here on Jan. 27.
Health care reform and government incentives have intensified the dialogue on electronic medical records (EMR). Despite the financial incentives for EMR adoption included in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, physician response remains lukewarm. The HITECH incentives program fails to recognize that the greatest barrier to EMR adoption is not financial, but cultural.
Special Report: Literature Review: A roundup of important recent studies
High-Resolution CT and Diffusion-Weighted MRI Combo Improves Pediatric Cholesteatoma Detection; Patients Report Long-Term Benefits with Bone-Anchored Hearing Device; Endoscopic Sinus Surgery Improves QoL in Patients with Minimal Disease; Nasal Endoscopes May Cause Thermal Injury; Large Study IDs Risk Factors for Hemorrhage After Tonsillectomy; Nasopharyngeal Trumpet Serves as Direct Conduit in Fiberoptic Intubation
Special Report: Tonsillectomy Revisited: New guidelines represent a clinical shift for some otolaryngologists
In its ongoing commitment to develop and practice evidence-based medicine, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) recently issued a new clinical practice guideline on tonsillectomy in children.
A 33-year-old white male presented with a one-year history of right-sided odynophagia. Symptoms were constant and exacerbated by swallowing. He had a history of cryptic tonsils but had not undergone tonsillectomy; his past medical history was otherwise unremarkable. There was tenderness to palpation over the right tonsil with exacerbation of symptoms. No head and neck masses were appreciated. A CT scan was obtained.