ENTtoday: October 2007


Metastatic Cervical Squamous Cell Carcinoma from Occult Head and Neck Primary: A ‘Conservative’ Approach

A conservative approach to treatment of patients with squamous cell carcinoma from unknown head and neck primary cancers compares favorably with results of other reported more aggressive protocols utilizing comprehensive irradiation or concurrent chemoradiation, according to study results reported by Rajan S. Patel, MBChB, MD, April 29 at the American Head and Neck Society’s program during the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting.

Developments in Testing for, Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea

As reported previously in ENToday, as many as 18 million Americans might have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) > 5.0 events per hour of sleep, according to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research report, Wake up America: A National Sleep Alert.

Practice Management

Failed Extubation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Neonates with younger gestational age and lower birth weight are more likely to fail extubation and to require earlier surgical airway intervention, according to an April 28 presentation by University of Texas Medical School, Houston, researchers at the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology program at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting.