Explore this issue:January 2013
When Peter Batra, MD, sees patients at his office at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, some of them have already tried to get medical treatment at urgent care facilities but didn’t find relief.
“A lot of patients are sent to me with chronic sinonasal issues, and many of them have sought care at urgent care facilities,” said Dr. Batra, the co-director of Southwestern’s Comprehensive Skull Base Program. “Patients with complex sinus issues may end up undertreated or treated inappropriately because the treating physician may not have the right diagnosis.”
He typically urges his patients to avoid seeking medical care at such facilities and notes that while urgent care centers can offer basic care for routine ear, nose and throat issues, otolaryngologists can better manage a complicated diagnosis. “For a more significant problem, we can do endoscopy,” he said. “It allows us to better guide their care. We also have the ability to get imaging, if needed, so we can get a diagnosis with a CT scan if necessary.”| | | Next → | Single Page