ENTtoday: August 2012


Case of the Month

Management of an Unusual Middle Ear Foreign Body

A 42-year-old male was recently fitted for occupational ear molds to protect him from excessive noise exposure at work and further hearing loss. During the fitting, he experienced severe, sudden otalgia and vertigo and complained that hearing loss in the left ear, his better-hearing ear, had worsened.

Literature Reviews

Literature Review: A Roundup of Important Recent Studies

Newer surgical procedures not necessarily better; primary frontal sinus endoscopic surgery relieves frontal sinus symptoms in most; success following surgery to correct obstructive sleep apnea dependent upon scoring measures; intranasal splint use after surgery increases patient pain, provides few offsetting benefits; new reprocessing guidelines for ent endoscopes stress high-level disinfection techniques; multicenter study shows feasibility and safety of transoral robotic surgery.

Career Development

COSM 2012: TRIO Poster Winners Discuss their Projects

Otolaryngologists, medical students and researchers submited some of their research to be displayed as posters at the Triological Society’s Annual Meeting at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings. We talked to some of the 2012 winners about their projects and the experience.


Chin Augmentation on the Rise

Chin augmentation is now the fastest growing trend in plastic surgery. A look at the reasons behind its popularity and why many agree the procedure is part art, part science.