Random-pattern skin flaps: part 3 - Z-plasty flaps

In this third (see Part 1 here, and Part 2 here) of four articles outlining, in some detail, the practical steps for some important local skin flaps, Christopher Thompson and Miles Bannister describe the Z-plasty; a very helpful and useful...

Aspirin desensitisation for aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD)

In this article, the authors describe the importance of identifying aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis refractory to standard medical treatment. This can then open the door to considering aspirin desensitisation treatment which, in their hands, has proven...

Random-pattern skin flaps: part 2 - rhomboid and bilobed flaps

In the second of our series on local skin flaps (see Part 1 here, and Part 3 here), the authors describe more techniques and examples of various skin flaps that trainees should find very interesting. Rhomboid flap This remains our...

Sialendoscopy

Recent advances in endoscopic technology allow the ENT surgeon to access the salivary gland ductal system for both diagnostic and therapeutic reasons. In this article the authors share their experiences with using this technology, both as a standalone procedure and...

Random-pattern skin flaps: part 1 – advancement flaps

In the first of a short series covering random pattern skin flaps and their use in clinical practice (see Part 2 here, and Part 3 here), Christopher Thompson and Miles Bannister describe in some detail their techniques which I hope...

Finding the right balance: remote dizzy patient consultation during a pandemic

During the COVID pandemic, all our working patterns have changed. One significant impact had been on the management of outpatient consultations and the increase in telephone consultations and enhanced vetting. In this article the authors share their experience of managing...

Face shield modification in ENT during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID pandemic has caused a huge disruption to our lives, not least at work where safety restrictions and the widespread implementation of PPE have led to some challenges to carrying out routine ENT work. In this article, the authors...

Endoscopic stapes surgery

Traditionally middle ear surgery, including stapes surgery, has been performed using the operating microscope. In this article the authors describe their experience with endoscopic middle surgery and share some of its advantages. Trans-canal endoscopic ear surgery (TEES) is now a...

Retrieval of an aspirated voice prosthesis in the awake laryngectomised patient

In this article, the authors describe a simple and effective technique for extracting an aspirated voice prosthesis from within the tracheobronchial tree in the awake laryngectomised patient using the Ambu® aScopeTM 4 Broncho endoscope. Surgical voice restoration remains the dominant...

Triple semicircular canal occlusion and Meniere’s disease: a rising alternative treatment?

Patients with dizziness form a large part of the workload for ENT surgeons. In the overwhelming majority of cases, management will be medical and successful. However, occasionally some patients present a challenge when they have not responded to conventional treatments....

SCOTLAND preoperative tympanomastoid CT temporal bone mnemonic system

Learning how to interpret a CT scan of the temporal bones can be a daunting task, especially for a head and neck surgeon like me! However, to make life easier, the authors have devised a useful system to help cover...

Pinnaplasty for prominent ears

Pinnaplasty is a challenging yet rewarding procedure for which many different techniques have been described. In this article the authors describe their favoured technique, including the important postoperative care. Prominent ears can be a source of significant psychological distress in...