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July 23, 2022

Dry Eyes... Simple Problem, Complex Solution

Although ENT doctors are not eye specialists, dry eyes are a very common complaint we often hear. Although the problem sounds very simple, the treatment often is not as straightforward as you might think. In order to understand why dry occurs occur, as well as what treatments may help, normal tear creation must first be understood. Keep in mind that ENT doctors will typically check for Sjogren's Syndrome especially if there is concurrent dry mouth complaints. Lubricating eye drops ar…
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June 17, 2022

Which Harry Potter Actor Had a Tonsillectomy?

Did you know that one of the main Harry Potter actors had to undergo a tonsillectomy ? It was Rupert Grint who played Ron Weasley. This procedure was performed after filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was completed. It is unclear exactly why he needed to have the procedure done, though it probably is due to recurrent tonsillitis . So it is not just muggles who get sick and need surgery... but also wizards! Media Report: ‘Harry Potter’: Rupert Grint Had to Wait for ‘Deathl…
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June 13, 2022

Facial Plastic Surgery Animations (Facelift, Blepharoplasty, Rhinoplasty)

I do not perform any type of facial cosmetic procedures in my practice, but believe it or not, these procedures are part of all general ENT training.  For those truly interested in facial cosmetic surgery, after 5 years of general ENT training, another 1 year of additional fellowship training is pursued to become a true expert in facelifts, blepharoplasties, skin rejuvenation, etc.  Because facial cosmetic surgery is part of the ENT world, I have made some medical animations related to ENT pl…
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June 11, 2022

Singer Justin Bieber Suffers from Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) In a video posted on his instagram, celebrity singer Justin Bieber revealed on June 10, 2022 that he had to cancel his upcoming concerts due to an ENT-specific illness known as Ramsay Hunt Syndrome . This condition involves not only facial paralysis (Bell's palsy) clearly seen in his video, but also inner ear manifestations which may include significant nerve hearing loss, dizziness, ear pain, …
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May 08, 2022

Severe Sore Throat Due to Abscess Formation: Peritonsillar Abscess or Retropharyngeal Abscess

Strep throat and tonsillitis can cause a bad sore throat. However, when an abscess develops, the sore throat can truly be terrible and unresponsive to antibiotics. Throat abscess comes in two different flavor. The most common is the peritonsillar abscess . More rarely, a retropharyngeal abscess can develop. The pain can be so bad that these patients often go to the ER. Such throat abscesses often require surgical incision and drainage in order to resolve.
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May 05, 2022

Thyroid Nodules and Thyroid Surgery

Thyroid nodules are a not uncommon (and unwelcome) finding that elicits anxiety in many patients, especially given the possibility of cancer. These videos describe how a thyroid nodule is worked up and treated. Although Dr. Chang no longer treats thyroid nodules, many endocrinologists, ENTs and general surgeons are trained to evaluate and manage thyroid nodules.
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Allergy Medications Explained - Can You Take More Than One?

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