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Physician Education: ENT

HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer

Human papillomavirus or HPV seems to play a role in the etiology of a subset of squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck, particularly oropharyngeal cancers. Dr. Robert Ferris of UPMC explains.

Multidisciplinary Concussion Care

For years, it was believed that a small amount of rest was all that was needed to treat a concussion, but physicians are now aware this is not the case. Concussion specialists at UPMC discuss how concussions need to be treated from a variety of perspectives. This is most effective when done in a multidisciplinary setting. Concussion care at UPMC offers patients individualized treatment and access to a variety of medical specialties under one roof, helping them to meet their maximum potential as quickly as possible.

In Office Vocal Fold Injection

When the vocal cords become weakened or paralyzed due to age, injury, medical condition, or overuse, there is help for patients. Dr. Clark Rosen of UPMC was one of the first surgeons in the country to perform in-office vocal fold injections using specialized endoscopic visualization equipment and local anesthesia, improving the quality of life for his patients, with minimal side effects.

Sialoendoscopy - A Minimally Invasive Option for Treating Salivary Stones

UPMC is among a small group of hospitals in the country using this minimally invasive approach in salivary gland surgery. It's often used to treat diseases such as salivary stones, Sjogren's syndrome, and the effects of radiation therapy for patients with thyroid cancer. In most cases, sialoendoscopy leaves no external scarring and requires no hospital stay.

Upper Airway Stimulation for Sleep Apnea

Dr. Ryan Soose, an otolaryngologist and sleep specialist at UPMC, discusses his experience with an implantable pacemaker that delivers gentle stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve, causing the base of the tongue to contract and advance, similar to how it functions when the patient is awake. By using this device, patients' sleep apnea may better controlled.