Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic Sinusitis

Overview Chronic sinusitis occurs when the spaces inside your nose and head (sinuses) are swollen and inflamed for three months or longer, despite treatment. This common condition interferes with the way mucus normally drains, and makes your nose stuffy. Breathing...
Laryngotracheal Reconstruction

Laryngotracheal Reconstruction

Overview Laryngotracheal (luh-ring-go-TRAY-key-ul) reconstruction surgery widens your windpipe (trachea) to make breathing easier. Laryngotracheal reconstruction involves inserting a small piece of cartilage — stiff connective tissue found in many areas of your body —...
Auditory Brainstem Implant

Auditory Brainstem Implant

Overview An auditory brainstem implant provides hearing to people with hearing loss who can’t benefit from a hearing aid or cochlear implant. This is most commonly due to a missing or very small hearing nerve or severely abnormal inner ear (cochlea). The...
Overview of the Esophagus

Overview of the Esophagus

The esophagus is the hollow tube that leads from the throat (pharynx) to the stomach. Food does not just fall through the esophagus into the stomach. The walls of the esophagus propel food to the stomach by rhythmic waves of muscular contractions called...
Ruptured eardrum (perforated eardrum)

Ruptured eardrum (perforated eardrum)

Overview A ruptured eardrum (tympanic membrane perforation) is a hole or tear in the thin tissue that separates your ear canal from your middle ear (eardrum). A ruptured eardrum can result in hearing loss. It can also make your middle ear vulnerable to infections. A...
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