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May 01, 2019

Neck Mass Came Back Cancer... Now What?

It is not uncommon that an adult patient presents with a neck mass to an ENT clinic. Unfortunately, upon workup which typically includes a needle biopsy, the neck mass comes back showing cancer, usually, a type of cancer called squamous cell carcinoma, although lymphoma, mucoepidermoid carcinoma, etc occasionally occurs as well. In this blog article, we will focus specifically on the case of the neck mass being squamous cell carcinoma. At this point, the patient's main concern is wha…
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April 24, 2019

Dr. Chang Quoted in a Health.com Article About Holding in a Sneeze Dangers

With spring coming, people are sneezing quite a bit more. However, with more sneezing, there's also more people who try to hold their sneeze for social reasons. Dr. Chang  was contacted by Health.com  regarding what bad things could happen if you hold in your sneeze. The  article was published  on April 24, 2019. Quoted from the  article : "...the list of possible consequences is scarier than the trailer for Us. We’re talking: fractured cartilage around your voice box, neck pai…
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April 14, 2019

Butterfly iQ: Pocket-Sized Ultrasound for Under $2500

Image From Butterfly Network I had the good fortune of being able to test-drive an amazing new product called the Butterfly iQ . It is an ultra-compact, pocket-sized, portable ultrasound device for under $2500 when most ultrasound machines cost tens of thousands of dollars. The entire ultrasound technology is built into the handheld body itself. Real-time images are viewed on a smartphone via a wired connection. This one ultrasound can be used to image the entire body! The cost of ultraso…
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April 10, 2019

Dr. Chang Quoted in a Refinery29 Article About Running with Allergies

With spring coming, people are running more outside. However, with the nice weather, allergies are also flaring up. So what should an allergic runner do? Dr. Chang was contacted by journalist Corey Stieg regarding this very situation, in an article published by Refinery29 on April 8, 2019. Quoted from article: If you have trouble breathing because your nose feels stuffy, for example, using a steroidal nasal spray ahead of time, such as Flonase or Nasacort, can be very helpful, explains…
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April 07, 2019

If I Have Bad Allergies, Can I Benefit from Nasal Obstruction Surgery (Septoplasty, Turbinate Reduction)?

Normal Septum without Mucosal Swelling Allergies are very common and is well known to contribute to nasal obstruction. A deviated septum and turbinate hypertrophy are also common anatomic reasons for nasal obstruction as well. As such, it is also not uncommon that patients suffering from bad allergies also have nasal anatomic reasons for nasal obstruction. The quandary is whether surgical intervention to resolve nasal obstruction will actually work if the same patient also has bad all…
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