20th World Congress IFOS - Seoul, Korea The international Federation of Otolaryngology Societies (IFOS) met in Seoul, Korea this spring. The scientific program for laryngology was broad-based and excellent. I particularly enjoyed meeting my colleagues across the world who are working on gender voice surgery techniques. Participating in the energy of Gangnam with an evening dance in the conference hall was one way to sample the flavors of Korea. They have selected Paris as their next meeting location in 2017.
The 10th biennial PEVOC is being held in Prague, Czech Republic. The opening ceremony with the Prague youth choir in the Rudolfinum was spectacular and a great time to catch up with colleagues. Jan Svec, conference organizer, opening up the conference. Opening night gala Young performers from the Czech Youth Opera and their director. Tassos Hantzakos joins in a traditional Czech dance. Party on the waterfront.
2nd Meeting of European Academy of ORL-HNS & CE ORN-HNS - European Academy of ORL and Head & Neck Surgery (EAORL-HNS) The European Academy of otolaryngology hosted a lovely spring meeting in Nice, France. The laryngology sessions were excellent with an outstanding faculty dinner at Hotel Negresco. I enjoyed all of the new ideas discussed both in the lectures and in the hallways. I also enjoyed exploring the views from the hills of Nice, France. http://www.eaorlhnsnice2013.com/en/
Sociedad Mexicana de Otorrinolaringologia y Cirugia de Cabeza y Cuello I was invited to speak at the Mexican otolaryngology conference which was held in Guadalajara, Mexico May 1-4. The formation of a laryngology subspecialty group for Mexico began during the meeting. Former Fellows-Luis Velazquez Lechuga, James Thomas, Fermin Zubiaur, Baltazar Servin Vargas
Bacterial laryngitis: This 73-year-old male had intermittent hoarseness in the past. 6 weeks prior to his visit he developed hoarseness that did not go away. On his exam, he had a red, dry, crusty irritation.
This is a lecture outline for a talk I am giving on 2013-02-28 in Nice, France at the CEORL conference. High-definition Laryngology is using high and low technology to optimally visualize pathology of the vocal cords and larynx. There are two components to Imaging which can be divided into high technology and low technology. High technology is inherently expensive and low technology is inexpensive. Money buys high technology. Knowledge buys low technology.
Mette Pedersen presented a Cochrane reveiw of the medical literature on the topic of the correlation between laryngopharyngeal reflux symptoms and hoarseness. None of the 302 articles she reviewed were adequate to prove or suggest any association between the two conditions. My takeaway: the null hypothesis is likely correct. There is no correlation between laryngopharyngeal reflux symptoms and hoarseness.
Leukoplakia of the left vocal cord. 40 years ago he quit smoking after 10 years of cigarettes. He came in with a lesion on his left vocal cord. After one month, the lesion was still there, perhaps a bit larger. It is viewed here with false color imaging to highlight the blood vessels. At surgery, a close-up of the lesion with a 30° endoscope looks like this. The pathology report described this as verrucus keratosis.
She has a 25 pack year history of smoking. She has bilateral, very large, smoker's polyps which are interfering with her breathing and her voice. She is almost always called "sir" on the telephone. On the left she is breathing out, and on the right she is breathing in.
After neck surgery 20 years ago, he developed a weak voice from a left sided paralyzed vocal cord. Five months ago Teflon was injected into the left vocal cord for a left paralyzed vocal cord. His voice has gotten worse since the injection.