Category Archives: ENT

Ménière’s disease

Frequently overdiagnosed. Presents with a combination of the following symptoms, lasting for <24 hours at a time: Ear fullness Fluctuating hearing loss Low-pitch tinnitus Vertigo episodes lasting at least 20 mins at a time (typically 2 – 3 hours). Note … Continue reading

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Ear conditions

Exostoses: overgrowths of bone in the external ear canal; they present as whitish lumps narrowing the canal. They are particularly common in people who spend a lot of time swimming in cold water. They can obstruct wax or cause hearing … Continue reading

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Treatment of chronic vertigo

There’s a useful article on the BMJ page right now, on chronic vertigo; apparently, first-line treatment for chronic vertigo is vestibular rehabilitation. This involves daily low-intensity exercises for 6 – 12 weeks to stimulate natural vestibular rehabilitation, and has been … Continue reading

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Exercise-induced laryngeal obstruction

The cause of EILO is unclear, but it may be due to laryngeal hypersensitivity. It’s most common in athletic females under 20. Symptoms include shortness of breath, throat discomfort, chest tightness, and wheeze developing during intense exercise. EILO, for obvious … Continue reading

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BPPV Some new info on the Dix-Hallpike manoeuvre: Stand in front of the patient (not behind as I’ve been doing) Look at them for 30s first. (Why? Must ask DNUK.) After the patient is lain down, the nystagmus usually appears … Continue reading

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Ear problems

Cholesteatoma Cholesteatomas can affect the attic region of the tympanic membrane, making them difficult to see on examination. The two signs of concern to look for are: Persistent foul-smelling discharge, not responding to treatment over several weeks Unilateral hearing loss. … Continue reading

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Eustachian tube dysfunction

Presents with fullness in the ear, sometimes reduced hearing, sometimes hearing a clicking sound on swallowing. It can be triggered by rhinosinusitis (viral or allergic), by adenoidal enlargement (much commoner in children than in adults) or, extremely rarely, by nasopharyngeal … Continue reading

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