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What is Transnasal Humidified Rapid-Insufflation Ventilatory Exchange (THRIVE)?

THRIVE is a physiological mechanism for oxygenating and ventilating patients who are under general anaesthesia and who have diminished or absent respiratory effort [1]. Classical ventilation requires bulk flow of gases into and out of the lungs driven by chest...

Trachealator balloon™ outline awarded GOLD MEDAL in the 2021 MDE Awards

TrachealatorBadge™ outline Non-occlusive Airway Dilation Balloon, from DISA Medinotec (Pty) Ltd, has been awarded a GOLD MEDAL in the 2021 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) in the ER & OR Tools, Equipment & Supplies category.

Endoscopic airway interventions in children

Open surgery for paediatric airway pathologies such as subglottic stenosis was hailed as revolutionary when many of today’s paediatric ORL specialists were in training. Equipment, facilities and training has moved on and the high-quality optics in modern endoscopes, coupled with...

Laryngeal and Tracheobronchial Stenosis

Management of patients with laryngeal and tracheobronchial stenosis is extremely challenging and complex and truly requires a multidisciplinary approach in its management. This book, written by experts in their respective fields, provides a detailed and up-to-date overview of the subject...

History of photography in otorhinolaryngology in the 19th Century

In this final article of the History of ENT edition, João Clode introduces us to the history of medical photography in the 19th century, giving us some fascinating early examples of otorhinolaryngology photographs. Medical photography – the early years The...

Maxillofacial and neck surgery in Iraq and Afghanistan

Introduction Over the past 150 years, military personnel wounded in action had a survival rate of approximately 80% [1]. During the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, those servicemen wounded in action have a 90.4% survival rate [2]. During the...

Airway stenting in paediatric ENT

Although experience in the use of airway stents in adults is considerable, their use in children is more recent and more limited. Cláudia Schweiger and Michael J Rutter provide an overview of stents and their use in paediatric airway. Stenting...

Endoscopic arytenoid abduction lateropexy for bilateral vocal cord paralysis in neonates

We are delighted to publish a further update on the use of the technique for vocal fold lateralisation in neonates from Laszlo Rovo and Shahram Madani, who have previously informed us of this new technique [1]. These cases are rare...

BLA Presidency transfers from Mark Watson to Guri Sandhu

The BLA welcomed Guri Sandhu as incoming President from 1 May 2021. Guri Sandhu is a founding member of the BLA and current President of the Laryngology & Rhinology section at the RSM. He is a Consultant Otolaryngologist and Head...

ELS 2021

On 28 May 2021, the laryngological community gathered for the virtual 13th Congress of the European Laryngological Society, chaired by Christian Sittel, Stuttgart. In a year where the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted our way of working, BLA President, Guri...

BAPO 2019 (British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngology) Annual meeting

Report by: Hannah Emerson, ST3 Otolaryngology, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool, UK On 20 September, the 2019 British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngology (BAPO) Annual Meeting was held in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. The sun shone down as national and...

Elasticated retraction in head and neck surgery – a trainee’s perspective

The effectiveness of surgical technique and satisfactory outcome is greatly dependent on good surgical exposure. Retraction requires adequate traction and counter-traction of tissues in order to expose the tissue or organ under scrutiny for the surgeon. This is a universal...