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March 22, 2018

Celine Dion Cancels Concerts Due to Patulous Eustachian Tube

On March 21, 2018, Celine Dion announced on Facebook that she is cancelling her concerts in March and April 2018 due to "Patulous Eustachian Tube," a middle ear condition that causes hearing problems.

In a normal human middle ear, there is a tunnel that connects to the back of the nose. When pressure builds up in the middle ear such as going up in an airplane, an individual is able to "pop" the ear thereby releasing the pressure and alleviating the clogging sensation.

When …

March 21, 2018

Dr. Chang Quoted in a Refinery29 Lump in Throat Article

Dr. Chang was recently quoted in a Refinery29 article discussing the lump in throat complaint that people often have with extreme emotional changes.

Read the full article here which was first published on February 28, 2018.

March 15, 2018

Tonsillectomy Has Higher Risk of Complications if Younger Than 3 Years

Tonsillectomy is commonly performed in children for really 2 main conditions... chronic tonsillitis (whether from strep of other) or obstructive sleep apnea. This surgery is overall considered safe and effective. However, experienced clinicians have also known that complications occur more frequently in children under 3 years of age. As such, for a very young child, this surgery is often recommended to be delayed if at all possible until a child is over 3 years old.

But is this concern actually…

March 02, 2018

New Video on EarPopper or Eustachi Therapy to Treat Clogged Ears

A new video has been published demonstrating how the EarPopper or Eustachi can be used to help young children (and even some adults) pop their ears to resolve ears with fluid, clogging, or pressure. Although (most) adults can easily pop the ears with a swallow, yawn, or blowing against a pinched nose, it is not unusual for most young children to not know how to do this. Some may not even know how to blow the nose.

As such, these devices allow a parent to help a child pop the ears and parents c…

February 28, 2018

Video of Surgery to Stop Brain Fluid from Leaking Out the Nose

A new video has been uploaded demonstrating the surgical technique of stopping brain fluid (aka, CSF leak) from coming out the nose. Normally, there should be no hole that communicates between the brain and the nose. However, in some patients, this hole may be present secondary to sinus surgery, head trauma, or simply bad luck.

In essence, the steps to plug up this abnormal hole are as follows:

1) Fluorescein injected into the spinal fluid before surgery. Fluorescein makes the brain fluid brig…

February 13, 2018

Bike Helmets Can Potentially Fracture the Voicebox

Bike and motorcycle helmets are known to help protect against head injury. However, it may come at the cost of injuring the voicebox due to the clasp used to secure the helmet during a crash.

In a research paper published in Jan 2018, 3 documented laryngeal fractures in a single medical institution were described. It is unknown whether additional laryngeal fractures have occurred due to helmet use that was never reported or identified.

Theoretically, such voicebox injuries from helmet use can …

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