The incidence of thyroid cancer has sharply increased over the past decade, with estimates showing a rise in newly diagnosed cases from about 17,000 in 1998 to more than 30,000 in 2007.
ENTtoday: July 2008
Transoral laser microsurgery (TLM) is a relatively new treatment in the United States and is a viable option for several types of head and neck cancer, allowing physicians to target tumors without needing to surgically disassemble the patient, according to the experts interviewed for this article.
More is being learned about sleep and how it relates to otolaryngology. At the recent Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting, attendees heard details about how the different stages of sleep affect obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as well as intriguing findings showing how airway anatomy changes can actually be seen during sleep with use of real-time CT imaging.
The modified Lothrop procedure is becoming the standard method for treating severe frontal sinus disease, but the osteoplastic frontal sinusotomy still has a role.
On March 13, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ruled that it would reimburse continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment if diagnosed with a clinical evaluation and a positive result from an unattended home monitoring device.
New endoscopic technology allows skilled surgeons to perform minimally invasive operations such as delicate esthesioneuroblastoma resection-but a leader in the field suggests that just because the procedure can be performed endoscopically doesn’t necessarily mean it should be attempted.
Even though tonsillectomies are a commonly performed procedure, research continues to find out more about how to best do the surgery, as well as other values of the procedure.
The general otolaryngologist’s office practice is full of patients with sleep disorders-the hypertensive male with epistaxis, the snoring child with ADHD, the woman with fatigue and restless sleep.
Electronic medical records (EMR) are to health care professionals what world peace is to humanity-everyone wants it, but not everyone agrees how to go about it.
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