November 2, 2021

Minimally Invasive Sialendoscopy Provides Relief for Aster Kebreab

For nearly a decade, Aster Kebreab’s right cheek swelled when she ate, and if she pressed on it, it was painful. During those years she saw her dentist, an allergist, and several ENTs, all of whom prescribed various antibiotics.  “The…


October 8, 2021

The Greatest Gift: Bilateral Cochlear Implants Help a Toddler Meet Her Milestones

When Lucy Laker failed her newborn hearing screening twice, her pediatrician referred her to Audrey Taylor, AuD, at UT Physicians Audiology for auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing. Dr. Taylor confirmed Lucy’s hearing loss in December 2019, with a natural sleep…


August 20, 2021

Ten Years Out, Jim Finley Looks Back on Beating Cancer

Jim Finley, who has been in the newspaper business for more than 36 years, writes a humor column for the Baytown Sun, a community newspaper published three days a week in Baytown, Texas, 25 miles east of Houston. In September…


July 11, 2021

Advanced Imaging and Surgical Skill Ensures Successful Removal of a Parathyroid Adenoma

When Joselyn Lee’s calcium levels were high in 2018, her endocrinologist referred her to Kunal Jain, MD, a head and neck cancer surgeon in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, who also specializes in parathyroid surgery….


July 11, 2021

A Patient Regains Her Hearing After Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Kristine Carioggia had just made a career change from medical device rep to home-based monitoring of remote transmissions from pacemakers, defibrillators, and implantable heart monitors, when she suffered a severe migraine. “I hadn’t had a migraine in a while, and…


June 1, 2021

Endoscopic Surgery for a Rare Presentation of Sinonasal Osteoma

When Phoebe Murphy first complained of headaches, her parents, both of whom suffer from migraines, thought she might have inherited the tendency.  “We spent two years trying different medications for her headaches, but nothing relieved them,” says Phoebe’s mother, Jeannie…


May 21, 2021

Minimally Invasive In-office Treatment for Nasal Polyps

Rick Jackson was failing maximal medical treatment and well on his way to a third trip to the OR for nasal polyposis, when his rhinologist Martin J. Citardi, MD, suggested that he try SINUVA®. The corticosteroid-eluting implant is indicated for…


May 21, 2021

Inferior Turbinate Reduction Allows a Patient to Avoid Septoplasty

Chuck Frank’s problem of nasal obstruction came on gradually over 12 to 18 months. By spring 2019, he was waking up every morning unable to breathe through his nose. “At first I thought it was allergies or a cold, but…


April 25, 2021

Right Tympanoplasty for a Nonhealing Perforation Restores Laurie Killam’s Hearing

Laurie Killam was left with a tiny hole in her right eardrum after an ENT injected dexamethasone as a treatment for vertigo. “The hole didn’t heal, but I wasn’t aware of that,” says Killam, 55. “When I squeezed a mixture…


April 25, 2021

Removal and Reconstruction of an Oral Cavity Cancer During COVID-19 Lockdown

Flor Rodriguez of Kingsville, Texas, is among the many patients who have benefited from the expertise of head and neck cancer surgeons in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. In early January 2020,…


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