EAR AND THROAT
The mastoid is a honeycomb cavity in the bone, which lies directly behind the ear and is connected to the middle ear space (which lies between the eardrum and the inner ear). When a hole arises in the eardrum due to previous injury or infection or when a longstanding infection persists in the middle ear or mastoid, mastoid surgery often becomes necessary to alleviate this infection.
Myringotomy Surgery in Seattle with Tympanostomy tubes have been utilized for almost 60 years to equalize the pressure in the middle ear. The tubes, which come in various shapes and sizes, are placed through a hole made in the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, and allow for air to pass from the ear canal into the middle ear.
The middle ear is located behind the eardrum, or tympanic membrane, and contains three bones known as ossicles. These ossicles help to conduct and amplify outside sound to the inner ear.
The stapes is a small bone in the middle ear, which plays a role in the conduction of sound from the outside to the inner ear. Occasionally it becomes fixed due to a disease process known as otosclerosis and, therefore, can no longer conduct sound. It then has to be removed or modified. This procedure is known as a stapedectomy or stapedotomy.
The eardrum, or tympanic membrane, is located deep within the ear canal. It can sometimes develop a hole in it, known as a tympanic membrane perforation. Causes of tympanic membrane perforations include trauma, sometimes from objects like Q tips.
Cancers of the head and neck can occur in many different subsites, such as the salivary glands, skin, the nasal cavity, the oral cavity, the larynx, the endocrine glands, and the pharynx.
Hyperparathyroidism is a condition in which one or more of parathyroid glands over-produce parathyroid hormone. The parathyroid glands are small glands located adjacent to the thyroid gland in the neck, and they secrete a hormone responsible for the regulation of the body’s calcium levels.
Some of the earliest signs of aging are related to changes affecting the area of your eyes. What is the real change that takes place that allows us to look at an individual and immediately judge if they are in their 20’s, 30’s, 50’s, ect. The upper face is the key. We are remarkably adept at forming instant judgments based upon small but significant changes that take place. The overall affect of these changes is an appearance of fatigue, possible angriness, and the appearance of being less engaged or involved. There is a loss of the youthful “brightness” of the face.
The submandibular gland in located below the jaw on either side of the face. Its primary function is the production of saliva in your mouth. Both benign and malignant (cancerous) tumors can affect the gland.
The thyroid gland is located in the anterior part of the neck is responsible for the secretion of thyroid hormone, an important hormone involved in the regulation of your body’s metabolism. Tumors of the thyroid gland are prevalent, and though the majority of thyroid tumors are benign, the incidence of thyroid malignancy is increasing in the U.S.
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