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En Español: Colesteatoma

Un crecimiento anormal de piel en el oído medio detrás de la membrana del tímpano es un colesteatoma. Infecciones repetidas y/o una bolsa de retracción de la membrana timpánica pueden causar que la piel se engrose y forme un saco de expansión. Los colesteatomas generalmente se desarrollan como quistes o bolsas que descaman capas de […]

Pneumococcal Vaccination to Protect Cochlear Implant Patients

Pneumococcal Vaccination is Key to Protecting Cochlear Implant Patients Cochlear implants bring sound to thousands of people with hearing loss worldwide. People with cochlear implants are at increased risk for pneumococcal meningitis. Despite CDC recommendations that all cochlear implant patients receive pneumococcal vaccination, many patients remain unvaccinated. The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and […]

Cochlear-Meningitis Vaccination

What You Should Know Children with cochlear implants are more likely to get bacterial meningitis than children without cochlear implants. In addition, some children who are candidates for cochlear implants have inner ear anatomic abnormalities that may increase their risk for meningitis. Because children with cochlear implants are at increased risk for pneumococcal meningitis, the […]

Cochlear Implant Health: What Parents Should Know

The Importance of Vaccinations in Cochlear Implant Users Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection of the brain and the fluid that surrounds the brain. Bacterial meningitis is a life-threatening infection. Individuals who have a cochlear implant are at increased risk for bacterial meningitis. Although this risk is small, it is important for children and adults […]

Children and Facial Trauma

What is facial trauma? The term facial trauma means any injury to the face or upper jaw bone. Facial traumas include injuries to the skin, underlying skeleton, neck, nose and sinuses, eye socket, or teeth and other parts of the mouth. Sometimes these types of injuries are called maxillofacial injury. Facial trauma is often recognized […]

How Allergies Affect your Child’s Ears, Nose and Throat

Does your child have allergies? Allergies can cause many ear, nose and throat symptoms in children, but allergies can be difficult to separate from other causes. Here are some clues that allergies may be affecting your child. Children with nasal allergies often have a history of other allergic tendencies (or atopy). These may include early […]

Pediatric Thyroid Cancer

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the throat. It has two lobes joined in the middle by a strip of tissue (the isthmus). The thyroid secretes three main hormones: 1) Thyroxine, that contains iodine, needed for growth and metabolism; 2) Triiodothyronine, also contains iodine and similar in function to Thyroxine; […]

Pediatric Sleep Disordered Breathing/Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Overview of Sleep Disordered Breathing Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a general term for breathing difficulties occurring during sleep. SDB can range from frequent loud snoring to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) a condition involving repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of the airway during sleep. When a child’s breathing is disrupted during sleep, the body […]

Pediatric Obesity and Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders

Today in the United States, studies estimate that 34% of U.S. adults are overweight and an additional 31% (approximately 60 million) are obese. Combined, approximately 127 million Americans are overweight or obese. Some 42 years ago, 13% of Americans were obese, and in 1980 15% were considered obese. Alarmingly, the number of children who are […]

Pediatric GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease)

Everyone has gastroesophageal reflux (GER), the backward movement (reflux) of gastric contents into the esophagus. Extraesophageal Reflux (EER) is the reflux of gastric contents from the stomach into the esophagus with further extension into the throat and other upper aerodigestive regions. In infants, more than 50 percent of children three months or younger have at […]