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Head and Neck Issues

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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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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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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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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Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Reconstruction of the Scalp

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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I’ve had a large squamous cell cancer on my scalp. I would like it removed but I am also concerned about the defect. What should I do?  Case Study  The patient is a 74-year-old male who noticed a crusting lesion of his scalp. This grew rapidly. A biopsy of the lesion was consistent with squamous […]

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Basal Cell Cancer: Reconstruction of the Nose

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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I had a small bump on my nose that my dermatologist said was basal cell cancer. I had it resected and now I have a huge hole in my nose. I need my face to look its best for work and would prefer to have the best result possible. What should I do? Figure 1: […]

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Have You Heard of Wegener’s?

by Brendan Yoon
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Wegener’s Granulomatosis is a fairly uncommon autoimmune disorder in which small arterial blood vessels are attacked by the body, restricting blood flow to various organs. This ultimately results in scar tissue and organ injury. Autoimmune disorders are conditions in which the body inflicts harm onto itself, thinking the targeted area is harmful and foreign. Wegener’s […]

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Derrick Rose: Orbital Fracture Precautions

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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CHICAGO, October 6, 2015 – Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose suffered a left orbital fracture during practice earlier this week after taking an elbow to the face. He underwent successful repair surgery on September 30th. Team coach, Fred Hoiberg, stated that he expects Rose to be available to play in the season opener on […]

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Derrick Rose: Orbital Fracture Surgery

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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CHICAGO – Bulls point guard Derrick Rose suffered a left orbital fracture during practice after taking an elbow to the face. He was taken to Rush University Medical Center for a medical evaluation. Team coach, Fred Hoiberg, stated on Wednesday, September 30th that Derrick Rose underwent a successful surgery to repair the orbital fracture. Team […]

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Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Nose and Nasal Reconstruction

by Dr. Hootan Zandifar
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I have a small bump on my nose. My doctor says it is basal cell carcinoma and I should have it removed. What should I expect to happen when I get it removed? Case study  A patient in his forties noted a growing bump on the side of his nose. The mass was biopsied and […]

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