The Long-Term Immunological Effects of Removing Tonsils and Adenoids

June 12th, 2018 by admin in Mouth Comments Off on The Long-Term Immunological Effects of Removing Tonsils and Adenoids

It has long been held that the long-term immunological effects of removing tonsils and adenoids were negligible. This was primarily because lymphoid tissue also occurs in the pharynx and the base of the tongue, in an anatomical configuration called Waldeyer’s ring. A recent study was undertaken comprising of researchers at the University of Copenhagen in […]

Paediatric Runny Nose in Winter

June 5th, 2018 by admin in Nose Clinic, Paediatric Otolaryngology Comments Off on Paediatric Runny Nose in Winter

Entering winter, you will notice that many of your children have a perennial runny nose. The most common causes of this are viral upper respiratory tract infection. Even if the mucous becomes quite thick and yellow, it is unlikely to be a significant bacterial infection. Remember that diagnosis of sinusitis in children is uncommon, and […]

Heartburn and Hoarseness

May 29th, 2018 by admin in Throat Clinic Comments Off on Heartburn and Hoarseness

The association between gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn) and alteration in voice is well established. The diagnosis however is difficult. Some degree of heartburn is universal; that is to say that everyone at some point in time gets heartburn. How do we then determine if the cause of your hoarseness is related to silent reflux, proximal reflux, […]

Sinusitis in the Paediatric Age Group, Specifically in Children Under Five

May 24th, 2018 by admin in Nose Clinic, Paediatric Otolaryngology Comments Off on Sinusitis in the Paediatric Age Group, Specifically in Children Under Five

Infection of the nose, or rhinitis, is common in young children. It is primarily due to the fact that the back of the nose is often blocked by adenoid tissue, interfering with proper drainage of mucous. Under the age of one year, a lot of children have a condition called snuffly nose of childhood, where […]

Thyroglossal Duct Cysts in Children

May 15th, 2018 by admin in Paediatric Otolaryngology Comments Off on Thyroglossal Duct Cysts in Children

A thyroglossal duct cyst is a common midline cyst that occurs in children, usually under the age of ten, just under the jaw. It represents an embryological remnant form when the thyroid gland, which in the embryo is formed in the base of the tongue, descends into the neck. The passage of descent is quite […]

Frontal Sinus Stenting

May 8th, 2018 by admin in Nose Clinic Comments Off on Frontal Sinus Stenting

Infections of the frontal sinus are often debilitating and difficult to treat. Using the current techniques of endoscopic sinus surgery, the nasofrontal recess and the frontal duct opening are very difficult to access. Combining an external approach, through a keyhole incision (called external frontal sinusotomy) with an endonasal endoscopic technique allows the frontal sinus to […]

Lingual tissues enlargement

May 3rd, 2018 by admin in Sleep Clinic Comments Off on Lingual tissues enlargement

Enlargement of the lingual tonsils or the lymphoid tissue on the base of the tongue is a cause of obstructive sleep apnoea in a significant number of cases. There has been some controversy of how to best assess this, either by way of an awake endoscopy or by CT scanning. Recent comparison between the two […]

Second Opinion in Otolaryngology

April 10th, 2018 by admin in Havas ENT Clinics Comments Off on Second Opinion in Otolaryngology

Many ENT operations are “can have” rather than “must have” types of situations. In elective surgery, it is often prudent to get a second opinion from a senior otolaryngologist before undertaking an operation, especially in the case of children. Before undertaking an operation, it is important to ascertain whether there are non-surgical options that have […]

The role of tonsillectomy in adults with obstructive sleep apnoea

April 5th, 2018 by admin in Sleep Clinic Comments Off on The role of tonsillectomy in adults with obstructive sleep apnoea

Adenotonsillectomy has long been known to be an effective treatment in most children with obstructive sleep apnoea. Unlike children, the majority of adults do not have tonsillar hypertrophy as the main cause of their airway obstruction. Uvulopharyngopalatoplasty was one of the first surgical treatments introduced into the treatment of sleep apnoea. Since then, there has […]

Blocked nose after Rhinoplasty

March 28th, 2018 by admin in Nose Clinic Comments Off on Blocked nose after Rhinoplasty

If you have undergone a rhinoplasty, and are unfortunate enough not to be able to breathe through your nose after the operation, it’s usually due to one of three things. The most common thing is failure to properly correct the nasal septum or the partition that sits in the middle of your nose. The second […]