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Los Angeles ENT Surgeons

Skin Cancers Involving the Eyebrow: Clinical Considerations

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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Case presentation A female patient in her 40s presented with a lesion of the left eyebrow that had been increasing in size for several months. A biopsy of the lesion was positive for basal cell carcinoma. She underwent Mohs excision of the lesion with a resulting defect. The defect was 1.5 cm by 1.5 cm […]

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Dr. Gupta Presents at SAG-AFTRA

by Dr. Reena Gupta
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The professional voice user population has always had a great work ethic, sometimes to their own detriment. Their “get it done” attitude often has meant pushing their voices to the point of pain or total voice loss. Those symptoms are temporary, and so the trajectory continues. Until injury occurs. Unfortunately, these injuries can be devastating, […]

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The Rare Case of Microtia

by Gabriel Davoodpour
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What is Microtia? Microtia is a congenital condition that results in the deformation of the external ear. Microtia is relatively rare and occurs in 3 out of every 10,000 births. Treatment options have traditionally been a challenge for surgeons around the world. The difficulty in treating this condition resides in the complex structure of the […]

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Parotidectomy: Deep vs Superficial Lobe

by Rafael Enciso
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What is the Parotid Gland? The parotid gland is a bilateral salivary gland, located on either sides of the mouth and in front of both ears, anatomically it is shaped like an upside-down triangle and lies in front of and below the opening of the ear canal. The facial nerve, which runs through the parotid […]

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Surgery and Your Voice

by Mariko Rooks
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A voice professional may need to undergo a surgical procedure to treat a condition unrelated to voice and vocal function. However, many surgeries have unexpected effects on the voice. When operations center around the head and neck, it is easy to make the correlation between the surgery and its potential impact on one’s voice. Less […]

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Nasal Skin Cancer Reconstruction

by Leah Thomas
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Non-melanoma skin cancers are the most common type of cancers overall. They primarily affect areas of the body that are exposed to the sun. The face and the nose are especially at risk to these cancers due to their prominence. These types of cancers are caused by extensive and prolonged exposure to the sun or […]

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Pediatric Hearing Loss: Overview

by Cameron Smith
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My infant has hearing loss, what is the first step to restoring any sense of hearing? Most newborns are screened for hearing loss before they leave the hospital. Discovering your infant has hearing loss can be emotionally challenging. In these situations, it is imperative that you act quickly because an infant’s brain develops rapidly, particularly […]

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The Mechanism of Hearing: A General Overview

by Cameron Smith
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The process of hearing has evolved over time to provide critical sensory information that is essential to our everyday lives. Like other sensory organs, the ear is responsible for gathering data from the environment and translating it into a form that our brains can understand. In hearing, this process begins with sound waves. Sound waves […]

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Cochlear Implant: An Overview

by Cameron Smith
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A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device that serves as a functioning replacement for a damaged inner ear component called the cochlea. The cochlea is responsible for translating the mechanical force of sound into electrical signals that the brain can understand. In short the cochlea is the “translator” between sound waves and brain waves. […]

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Treatment of Multiple Skin Cancer Lesions

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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Question: I have multiple skin cancers on my face. Should I remove them all at once or at different times?  Case Study A male patient in his 60s is noted to have two separate skin cancers on the right side of his face. He has a larger squamous cell carcinoma on the cheek just below […]

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Skin Cancer: Nasal Reconstruction and Scar Management

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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Question: I’m having skin cancer removed from my nose. How long should I expect to have before my scar is noticeable? Case Study  The patient is a male in his 50s who noticed a small bump growing over the tip of his nose for a few months. He presented to his dermatologist who took a […]

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