ENTtoday: June 2009


Tonsillectomy Locates High Percentage of Primary Occult Head and Neck Cancers

Otolaryngologists-head and neck surgeons have suggested that performing tonsillectomy among patients who present with neck metastases from an occult primary tumor can identify a high percentage of primary tumors-an even better success rate in locating the malignancies than can be obtained with deep tonsil biopsy.

Swimmer’s Ear: Be on the Alert For Complications

As spring spreads across the country, the change in temperature and slanting of the sun promises that summer is soon on its heels. For many primary care physicians and otolaryngologists, particularly those living in northern climes, that means an upsurge in people presenting with acute otitis externa, a condition that is estimated to afflict from 1 in 100 to 1 in 250 persons in the general population.

Everyday Ethics

New Approaches to Vascular Anomalies On the Horizon

Infantile hemangiomas and lymphatic malformations (LM) are vascular anomalies that otolaryngologists-head and neck surgeons often encounter in their practices. Infantile hemangiomas and LMs differ from one another in prevalence, etiology, and clinical presentation, but both may be undergoing potential shifts in treatment, depending on research outcomes.

Rooting Out CRS Causes Is Cause for Debate

PHILADELPHIA-It is generally accepted that foreign microbial antigens drive the inflammation in chronic rhinosinusitis. Which antigens are responsible, though, is not certain. But researchers are trying to find out.