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Is my sinus infection really a sinus infection?

By: Abbas A. Anwar , MD  Is my sinus infection really a sinus infection? Many medical specialists now believe that acute sinusitis as a cause of recurrent headaches is a relatively rare phenomenon. What if I told you that a self-diagnosing patient and a well-intentioned treating physician would be wrong 80% of the time in treating acute sinusitis based on the standard complaints of acute nasal congestion, watery nasal discharge, eye discharge, periorbital pressure and headache. These symptoms sound classic …

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Patient Testimonial: Cristobal – Cholesteatoma

Patient Testimonial: Cristobal – Cholesteatoma  Cristobal from Ventura, California was diagnosed with Cholesteatoma. Cholesteatoma is a skin cyst that begins at the margin of the eardrum and invades the middle ear and mastoid (arrow). This is an infection that deteriorates the ear drum which results in a decreased hearing loss. Cristobal thought he would never recover his hearing. Symptoms have occurred and grown since he was about 4-years old. He experienced consistent ear pain and bleeding. Cristobal found it difficult …

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Patient Testimonial: Ronnie – Tympanoplasty & Mastoidectomy

  Patient Testimonial: Ronnie -Tympanoplasty & Mastoidectomy Ronnie had been experiencing multiple ear infections and eczema in the ear for several years. Ronnie had always felt there was cotton stuck in his ear. His ear infections, pain, and swelling continued to reoccur. After multiple visits to the emergency room, urgent care, and other ENT offices no one was able to diagnose Ronnie. Ronnie knew there was something wrong with his reoccurring ear infections and says, “I pretty much kind of …

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Case Presentation – Facial Paralysis

By: Dr. Amit Kochhar  A 26-year-old woman presents with a 1 year history of complete right sided facial paralysis that began immediately following removal of a large acoustic neuroma. In addition to her right facial droop, she also complained of right nasal obstruction and difficulty eating and drinking from the right side of her mouth. She felt it had become more difficult for others to comprehend her speech.  Examination Complete right sided facial paralysis.  Incomplete right upper eyelid closure.  Severe …

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Patient Testimonial: Johanna – Acromegaly Brain Tumor, Pituitary Gland Removal, and Deviated Septum

  Patient Testimonial: Johanna – Acromegaly Brain Tumor, Pituitary Gland Removal, and Deviated Septum Johanna was diagnosed with an Acromegaly Brain Tumor, Pituitary Gland Removal, and Deviated Septum. In 2019, she was diagnosed during an ER visit. Shortly after being diagnosed with the tumor, she was also diagnosed pre-diabetic with ketoacidosis. Johanna was placed on insulin for 6-7 months prior to surgery. Johanna met with Dr. Barkhoudarian from Pacific Neuroscience Institute and Dr. Griffiths who were preparing her for surgery. She …

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Case Presentation – Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

By: Dr. Courtney Voelker A 52-year-old male presented to his primary care physician complaining of 2 days of right-sided hearing loss and a “roaring” right-sided tinnitus. There were no obvious inciting factors and the patient reports he first noticed hearing loss upon awakening 2 days prior. The patient denied any associated otalgia, otorrhea, or vertigo but did report some right-sided aural pressure. He felt that his hearing loss may have been due to cerumen impaction as he had been prone …

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Pacific Head and Neck Founder’s Message

By: Chester Griffiths At Pacific Head and Neck, we are looking forward to the post-pandemic in-person landscape to offer innovative solutions for providers and their patients. Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery is a unique surgical subspecialty encompassing the diseases in children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens. We offer office-based medical treatments or surgical treatments. As a result of the pandemic, we have utilized remote Telemedicine Care for our patient interactions but have all missed the …

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Diets High in Flavonoids May Help People with Parkinson’s Live Longer

Republished from MayoHealthClinic.org In the Journal Neurology, researchers from Penn State University, Harvard, and Queens’ University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, leveraged data from two long-range studies — the Nurses Health Study (NHS) and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS) — to analyze the effects of diet on longevity in individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Specifically, researchers chose to examine the effect of flavonoids on mortality in PD patients. Flavonoids are plant-derived molecules found naturally in fruits, vegetables, and common beverages such as tea and red wine. The metabolites of flavonoids can cross …

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Black History Month: Medical Pioneers

February is Black History Month, and we’re excited to celebrate alongside you. The contributions, commitment, diligence, and perseverance of these African American medical pioneers is inspiring to many. This list highlights notable figures who have developed medical breakthroughs in medicine.      Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD (1831–1895) Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first African American woman to earn a medical degree in the United States. Crumpler was born in Delaware in 1831. In the 1850s there was no formal school where …

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The Nose Knows

Republished from The Magazine of Saint John’s Health Center – Winter 2021/2022 This is the time of year for runny or stuffy noses. But it’s sometimes tough to tell what’s behind bothersome nasal symptoms and headaches. Abbas Anwar, MD, a board-certified otolaryngologist – head and neck surgeon at Pacific Neuroscience Institute, helps explain the difference between colds and chronic sinusitis. What’s the difference? Cold – Nasal congestion/runny nose – Clear or white discharge – Lasts three to seven days Chronic …

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