Pacific Head & Neck

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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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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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Case Study: Chronic Sinusitis with Nasal Polyposis 

A 65-year-old male with a history of environmental allergies has experienced a long history of post-nasal drip, facial pressure around his nose and eyes, difficulty breathing through his nose, and a decreased sense of smell. He has had multiple episodes of acute sinus infections with associated yellow discharge from his nose and discolored post-nasal drip. These episodes are often treated with courses of antibiotics and steroids. The patients baseline symptoms of nasal congestion and facial pressure have never been completely …

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Case Study: Temporalis Tendon Transfer

Facial Nerve Disorders A 73-year-old woman suffered with left sided facial paralysis for one-year that began immediately following the removal of a large acoustic neuroma. In addition to her facial droop, she also complained of blurred vision, left nasal obstruction, and had difficulty eating and drinking. The patient also felt her speech was difficult for others to comprehend.  (This photo demonstrates a Before (Left Photo) and After (Right Photo) following the Temporalis Tendon Transfer during a 6-month period.)  Examination from …

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Pacific Specialists Among First To Perform Balloon Sinuplasty with NuVent In-Office 3D-Navigation

  LOS ANGELES, CA,  October 19, 2016 — Ear, nose & throat surgeons at Pacific Eye & Ear Specialists are among the first to offer the NuVent™ EM Sinus Dilation System, a minimally invasive procedure to open blocked sinus pathways. NuVent is unique image guidance system (IGS) technology which ensures safety and precision in the procedure by allowing 3-Dimensional visualization of the unique sinus anatomy and drainage system. Each year over 30 million people experience sinusitis, an inflammation or swelling of …

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