Report by Lakh Pabla, ENT Registrar, Northern Deanery, UK, and Matthew Ellis, ENT Registrar, Northern Deanery, UK.
The 2018 British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngology (BAPO) Meeting featured record delegate attendance and a range of edifying presentations. Following a warm welcome from Ben Hartley, the Presidential address continued with an interesting talk on the history of the institute and Great Ormond Street Hospital with particular reference to the fascinating influences of children’s book authors, Charles Dickens and JM Barrie.
The John Evans Lecture was delivered by Robin Cotton. This was a particular highlight for all present and an honour to hear his accounts of the past, present and future of paediatric airway reconstruction, including his close bond with John Evans himself. To complement the theme of airway reconstruction, Richard Hewitt and Colin Butler presented the fascinating developments in tracheal engineering from laboratory to child.
David Albert, Robin Cotton and Ben Hartley
A new addition to the programme was ‘pop-up education’ talks including the experience of Hasnaa Ismail-Koch and Kate Heathcote on laryngeal reinnervation in children. The benefits and use of laryngeal electromyography in assessing vocal cord palsy were discussed, as well as presentation of management algorithms for unilateral and bilateral vocal cord palsy and future training on laryngeal reinnervation.
A plethora of high-quality presentations were conducted by trainees from across the UK competing for the Susannah Leighton Prize, chaired by Mike Saunders. The prize was awarded to Eamon Shamil (ENT Registrar, London Deanery) for his presentation on coblation intracapsular tonsillectomy in children: a prospective study of over 1000 consecutive cases, with long-term follow-up at Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
The afternoon sessions continued to provide high educational value for the attendees in the form of expert pop-up education talks, ranging from a comprehensive review of middle ear reconstruction by Rob Nash, to sialadenoscopy in children by Neil Bateman. Interspersed within these talks were short paper sessions chaired by Alok Sharma and Mr Daniel Tweedie, showcasing a range of high-quality research and audit being conducted in paediatric otolaryngology departments across the UK. Sara Timms, ENT Registrar, Blackpool, won the short paper prize (a copy of Ray Clarke’s Paediatric Otolaryngology: Practical Clinical Management) for her interesting presentation on the use of oromucosal benzydamine spray as an adjunct in paediatric tonsillectomy patients. Thirty posters were presented and the prize for best poster presentation was won by Mustaffa Junaid for his poster on pain and recovery post tonsillectomy: intracapsular versus extracapsular dissection.
The meeting concluded with the announcement of Michael Kuo, Consultant ENT Surgeon at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, as the next president of the association with a summary of his many achievements. The next annual BAPO meeting will be hosted by Alok Sharma on Friday 20 September 2019 at Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and promises to continue the high standards of teaching and research presentations.