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June 24, 2019

Can a Deviated Septum Cause a Septal Perforation?

Over the years, I have been asked by a number of patients with  deviated septums  what problems may occur if un-corrected, especially if such patients are also suffering from recurrent  nosebleeds . In particular, can a deviated septum be the underlying trigger that causes a septal perforation to occur (purple arrow below)? Well, this blog article is to answer that very question. But first off, a little anatomy... A nasal septum is a wall that separates the right nasal cavity from the …
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June 07, 2019

Dr. Chang Published in Neuroradiology Journal on Velopharyngeal Dysfunction

Pretty exciting news!  Dr. Chang has co-authored a peer-reviewed journal article on the topic of velopharyngeal dysfunction  that was published in the June 2019 journal of Neurographics . Most of his other co-authors all belong to the Department of Radiology at the University of Virginia. Velopharyngeal dysfunction or insufficiency (VPI) is a condition when the soft palate does not close properly separating the oral cavity from the nasal cavity during speech and swallow. Watch the video …
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June 04, 2019

MyoGuide: Ultra-Portable EMG

A new video has been created describing the use of an ultra-portable EMG device called MyoGuide. I've probably been using this compact unit for almost 10 years and given its usefulness and durability, felt a video on this device warranted, especially for otolaryngologists. Most EMG units are huge and require a small cart to move around, but this unit is the size of a hand. The compact unit contains a high-fidelity amplifier with built-in audio speaker and EMG signal display. Although n…
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May 08, 2019

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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