TNM Staging of Oropharyngeal Cancer – Updates in AJCC 8th Edition

The recently released 8th edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Staging Manual, Head and Neck Section, introduces significant modifications from the prior 7th edition. In the head and neck domain, the most significant update creates a separate staging algorithm for high-risk human papilloma virus (HPV)-associated cancer of the oropharynx, distinguishing it from oropharyngeal cancer […]

Indications and Contraindications for total laryngectomy

Total laryngectomy is a surgical procedure mostly done for malignancies involving the larynx. In this surgery, the entire larynx (voice box) is removed by resecting the trachea and bringing out the lower stump as a respiratory opening in the anterior part of the neck (permanent tracheostomy) and thereby closing off the air passages to the […]

Laryngomalacia – clinical features, surgical and medical management

Laryngomalacia also called as “discoordinate pharyngo-laryngomalacia” is the most common congenital lesion of larynx (60-70%) and is the most common cause of congenital stridor in neonates and infants. The condition is characterized by partial or complete obstruction of supraglottic laryngeal structures on inspiration because of excess mucosa, abnormal and/or reduced laryngeal tone. The term laryngomalacia […]

Noise Induced Hearing loss (NIHL)

Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is defined as reduction in auditory acuity (hearing ability) associated with long term exposure to loud sounds. It is the second most common form of sensorineural hearing deficit, after presbycusis (age-related hearing loss). An early term for the condition was “boilermakers’ disease,” because so many workers who made steam boilers developed hearing […]

Total Laryngectomy – Evolution, Workup, Surgical steps and Complications

Total laryngectomy is a surgical procedure in which the entire larynx is removed by resecting the trachea and bringing out the lower stump as a respiratory opening in the anterior part of the neck (permanent tracheostomy) and thereby closing off the air passages to the mouth and nose. The patient permanently loses his/her natural voice […]

TNM Staging of Lip and Oral Cavity cancers – AJCC 8th Edition

The recently released 8th edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) Staging Manual, Head and Neck Section, introduces significant modifications from the prior 7th edition. In this article we discuss about the changes in 8th edition of AJCC Oral cavity staging manual. T Staging For T staging of oral cavity, T4a and T4b are added […]

TNM AJCC Staging of Head & Neck Cancers

Staging of cancer refers to classification of cancer by its anatomic disease extent, i.e, how large the tumor is, and if it has spread. This staging system of cancer helps to express severity or extend of disease to estimate the prognosis of the disease provides useful information for treatment decision like planning, evaluation of results etc. facilitate the […]

Clinical practice guidelines for tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy is the second most commonly performed surgery in United States with more than 5,30,000 procedures performed on children younger than 15 years each year. Although tonsillectomy is a routine procedure performed by general and pediatric otolaryngologists, there is significant variation in preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative patient treatment among clinicians. In order to avoid such variations […]

Staging systems for Juvenile Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma

Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma (JNA) is an uncommon, slow growing, benign but locally invasive vascular tumor arising from tissues in the sphenopalatine foramen inside nasal cavity. JNAs are also reported to arise from posterior aspect of middle turbinate and rarely from other sites of nasal cavity and in paranasal sinuses. JNA tumor was first described by […]