September 2, 2022

Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Empty Nose Syndrome

Five years ago, Mablean Warren had surgery for a deviated septum and enlarged turbinates, which were causing nasal obstruction. After her initial satisfaction with the outcome, she began noticing a decrease in her quality of life. “It was a gradual…

August 3, 2022

Removing a Glomus Tympanicum from the Middle Ear

Donna Allen began having problems with her hearing four years ago and was diagnosed with a glomus tympanicum tumor, a benign paraganglioma that forms from specific nerve cells that regulate blood pressure throughout the body. It was removed, and a…

July 11, 2022

Transnasal Endoscopic Surgery for a Sphenoid Inverted Nasal Papilloma

The sphenoid sinus is a rare location for an inverted nasal papilloma, a benign but invasive tumor with an associated malignancy rate of about 10%. In 2019, Robert Gum’s family doctor in Georgetown, Texas, identified a large sphenoid tumor when…

June 13, 2022

New Ears for Olimpia

In 2005, Olimpia Almazan was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma, one of a group of rare diseases that involve hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues. A few years later, she developed hearing loss. “I used to take my…

May 9, 2022

Repair of a Left Ethmoid Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak

For months, Janie Lee’s nose wouldn’t stop running. Clear fluid ran from her left nostril during the day and down her throat at night. A nurse at Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin, Texas, Lee stuffed tissue in her nostrils…

April 20, 2022

Elliott and Elizabeth: Managing Sensorineural Hearing Loss in Siblings

When Elizabeth Maddox failed her newborn hearing screening after an early delivery by cesarean section, her pediatrician referred her to Audrey Taylor, AuD, with UT Physicians Audiology, the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. This was familiar territory…

March 9, 2022

Reconstructive Rhinoplasty Gives a Young Girl Her Confidence Back

In mid-December 2020, 13-year-old Leighia Robles was crossing the street to get the mail when a pick-up truck approached her head on. She jumped out of the way but was hit in the face by the side-view mirror, crushing her…

February 1, 2022

Bilateral Cochlear Implants for Severe Sensorineural Hearing Loss in an 8 Month-Old

Nicholas Altong failed his newborn hearing screening. The test was repeated the following day, and he failed again. When his pediatrician learned that he had failed both screenings, she ordered a test to measure brain response to sound and gave…

January 14, 2022

Jim Connors Benefits from Minimally Invasive Sialendoscopy

A relatively small percentage of sialolithiasis, or salivary gland stones, involves the largest salivary glands, the parotids, with symptoms that include painful swelling at meal times. “Although I didn’t have pain, my left cheek would swell up right before I…

November 30, 2021

Multidisciplinary Removal of a Large Carotid Body Tumor

In 2009, at the age of 31, Diona Manning underwent a tonsillectomy. Prior to the surgery, her ENT found a small, asymptomatic carotid body tumor where her left carotid artery branches into smaller vessels that carry blood to the brain….