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2020 Meeting Weekly

Week of Oct. 19

  • Spotlight this Week during #OTOMTG20: Comprehensive Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive SurgeryThe six-week AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & OTO Experience wraps up this week with an education focus on comprehensive otolaryngology and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. The specialty weeks demonstrate the commitment to the collaboration essential in “Bringing Together the World of Otolaryngology.” Read More
  • Modern Concepts in Nasal Reconstruction“We will discuss when to use full thickness skin grafts versus paramedian forehead flaps or melolabial flaps, what kind of nasal defect and what factors play into this decision, which patients need cartilage grafting to help restore structure in addition to just skin, optimal timing of surgical repairs in patients who have had radiation, and surgical pearls, tips, and advice to help avoid complications,” said Linda N. Lee, MD, of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston. Read More
  • A Framework for Gender-Affirming SurgeryThrough gender-affirming facial surgery, an otolaryngologist can help a transgender person to ensure that who they really are is reflected in one of the most important ways a person presents to the world: with their face.  Read More
  • Research in Mice May Lead to Human Model of Tracheal ReplacementBEST OF ORALS: Decellularized trachea provides a promising solution for tracheal replacement. Lumei Liu, PhD, and Sayali Dharmadhikari, MS, both of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, explored radiographic changes of decellularized tracheal grafts in a mouse model of orthotopic implantation. Read More
  • Peritonsillar Abscess Size a Predictor of Therapy SuccessBEST OF ORALS: Despite a recent uptick in literature supporting medical management alone for peritonsillar abscess, whether or not the size of the abscess correlates with the safety and efficacy of medical therapy had not been studied—until now. Read More
  • Image Guidance Technology Innovations Allow for Exploration“Although we use navigation all of the time in our everyday lives—think self-driving cars and the GPS in our phones—image guidance technology in the operating room has been stalled for quite some time, with little to no attention given to this space,” said Raj Sindwani, MD, vice chair and section head of the Section of Rhinology, Sinus and Skull Base Surgery of the Head and Neck Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Read More
  • Embracing Telemedicine as an OtolaryngologistThe COVID-19 pandemic has thrust telemedicine into the fast lane for many medical specialties, and otolaryngology is no exception—but figuring out how to use it to its full potential is another matter. Read More

Week of Oct. 12

  • Spotlight this Week during #OTOMTG20: Pediatric Otolaryngology and Laryngology/Broncho-EsophagologyEducation (CMEs) at your fingertips and at your convenience – that is the ongoing offering of the AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. Week five focuses on the latest science and practice in pediatric otolaryngology and laryngology/bronco-esophagology, continuing the exceptional education offerings, both live and on demand, that began September 13.  Read More
  • Chronic Cough and Dysphagia Testing OptionsWhen it comes to diagnostic tests for patients with chronic cough and/or dysphagia, otolaryngologists are faced with a barrage of options. In advance of her session, panelist VyVy N. Young, MD, of the University of California in San Francisco, answered a few questions to help physicians understand their options and the associated pros and cons. Read More
  • Pediatric Updates in Rhinitis, Rhinosinusitis, and Complicated SinusitisIn this Panel Presentation, moderated by Patrick C. Walz, MD, of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, with panelists Naweed I. Chowdhury, MD, of Vanderbilt University, David A. Gudis, MD, of Columbia University, and Amanda L. Stapleton, MD, of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, updates in the management of pediatric rhinitis, rhinosinusitis, and complicated sinusitis will be discussed. Read More
  • Longitudinal Follow-up for Patients with Chronic Neurogenic Cough Treated with Superior Laryngeal Nerve BlockBEST OF ORALS: A new study indicates that patients who undergo superior laryngeal nerve blocks demonstrate efficacy over 10-12 months after last injection without further need for intervention or neuromodulators. Read More
  • Five Drivers for Tracheostomy Quality ImprovementIn an effort to improve the quality of tracheostomies across the board, panelist Vinciya Pandian, PhD, MBA, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, shared five ways to make sure your institution is doing all it can to achieve best practices. Read More
  • Rapid Review of Pediatric Guidelines and Consensus StatementsA rapid review of guidelines and consensus statements, indeed—moderator Debra G. Weinberger, MD, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and panelists David H. Darrow, MD, DDS, of Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk; Jennifer J. Shin, MD, SM, of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts; and David E. Tunkel, MD, of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and the current Chair of the AAO-HNSF Guidelines Taskforce, blazed through several pediatric otolaryngology subjects. Read More
  • Improvisation is Key in Pediatric Open Airway SurgeryWhen it comes to pediatric open airway surgery, one size may not fit all. Pre-operative evaluation and optimization of both the child and the airway are critical, said panelists Michael J. Rutter, MD, and Alessandro de Alarcon, MD, MPH, both of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio. Read More

Week of Oct. 5

  • Otology, Neurotology, and Sleep Medicine Take the Stage during #OTOMTG20 Week FourThe fourth week of cutting-edge science, education, and networking opportunities at the AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is full steam ahead. In collaboration with the American Neurotology Society (ANS), American Otological Society (AOS), and the AAO-HNS Sleep Disorders Committee, the focus of this week’s live education events will expand your knowledge base and expertise in these specialty areas. Read More
  • Tailor-made Chronic Ear Surgery TreatmentsWhen it comes to chronic ear surgery techniques, one size does not fit all. “A well-prepared chronic ear surgeon will be able to use a wide variety of surgical techniques to specifically address each patient’s ear pathology,” said Matthew L. Kircher, MD, of Loyola University Medical Center. Read More
  • Office-Based Solutions to Silence the SnoringPeter O’Connor, MD, Paul Schalch, MD, of ENT Associates of San Diego, Silenso Clinic, and UC San Diego Health; and B. Tucker Woodson, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin plan to provide a comprehensive review of the pathophysiology of snoring in their session on Saturday, complete with its impact on quality of life and health, the importance of adequate nasal breathing, and practical considerations for evaluation of patients and selection of appropriate and effective treatment strategies. Read More
  • 7 Tips for a Successful In-Office Balloon Dilation of the Eustachian Tube“Due to its superior safety profile and durability, BDET has been recommended as an alternative to tympanostomy tubes in the Academy’s 2019 Consensus Statement,” said Marc Dean, MD, of the Ear and Science Institute in Fort Worth. “Performing BDET under local anesthesia offers notable advantages, such as improved patient safety without the risks of general anesthesia, convenience for the patient with less preoperative preparation, and reduced treatment costs.” Read More
  • Complications with the Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator: An Analysis of Nationally Reported Adverse EventsBEST OF ORALS: The hypoglossal nerve stimulator (HGNS) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2014 for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in eligible patients—but no studies had examined HGNS on a national scale until now. In order to investigate this, researchers completed a retrospective analysis of the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience database from January 2015 to December 2019 to identify—and consequently learn from—adverse events involving the HGNS. Of all cases logged, 180 met inclusion criteria for adverse events. Read More
  • Vestibular Migraine: A Diagnosis of ExclusionVestibular migraine affects about 1% of the population, and maybe even up to about 10% of all vertigo patients seen in the office, said Ilka Naumann, MD, of DMC Medical Group in Detroit, Michigan. But despite being a common presenting cause of dizziness, vestibular migraine remains fairly undiagnosed. Read More
  • Drug-induced Sleep Endoscopy Tailors Treatment to PatientDrug-induced sleep endoscopy (DISE) is a procedure that varies in prevalence depending on which part of the world you practice in—with different insurance coverages, drug costs, and other considerations—but the advantages, said panelists, are considerable. Read More

Week of Sept. 28

  • Head and Neck, Endocrine, and International Symposium Are the Focal Points during Week ThreeSince September 13, the AAO-HNSF has been “Bringing Together the World of Otolaryngology” on its Virtual Annual Meeting platform. Week three of the six-week program kicks off with a special focus on the programming of the International Symposium, including on-demand sessions available in Spanish, as well as a concentration on content that focuses on the head and neck and endocrine specialty areas. Read More
  • Team Decision-Making Improves Surgical OutcomesEugene N. Myers, MD International Lecture on Head and Neck Cancer

    Choosing the right surgeon, hospital, or surgical center could mean the difference between life or death for patients who have head and neck cancer. “Evidence suggests that surgeons and hospital volume and specialization play major roles in patient survival after initial or salvage head and neck cancer treatment,” said Luiz P. Kowalski, MD, PhD. Read More
  • Diagnosing Infections Acquired from Around the GlobeWe’re a population on the go. Whether it’s for business, pleasure, or moving to a new locale, millions of people travel worldwide every year—and it’s quite possible to pick up a rare infection while doing so. “Rare ENT infections may be seen in any part of the world due to travel and immigration,” said Marlene L. Durand, MD. Read More
  • WIO 10-Year, Star-Studded Celebration Is a “Can’t Miss” EventJoin AAO-HNS as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Section for Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) and the WIO Endowment (WIOE) featuring the movie premiere "Four Days in Boston: A History of the AAO-HNS Section for Women in Otolaryngology." Attend an interactive reception, the movie premiere viewing party, and a discussion with the movie creators on Saturday, October 3, starting at 8:30 pm (ET). You'll hear inspiring stories from WIO trailblazers who share their vision that has fostered positive change and growth for the specialty. Watch the trailer for a sneak peek! Read More
  • Addressing the Controversies in Parotid Surgery“Much of parotid tumor surgery is decidedly not controversial,” said panel moderator Richard V. Smith, MD, of Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.  “Obviously, with many of these tumors, the majority are benign and there are general principles we all follow. But things can go poorly and be quite complicated, and we’re going to talk about some of those situations  with respect to development of thought and controversy in those areas.” Read More
  • Maximizing Melanoma Management“This year in 2020, it’s expected that in our country we will see over 100,000 new cases of invasive melanoma diagnosed,” said Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD, MSc, of Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “If you look at the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up for all of our skin cancers in the United States, it’s projected to cost over $3 billion." Read More
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment OptionsObstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects 4-8% of men and 2-5% of women, according to Jae Hoon Cho, MD, PhD, MPH, of Konkuk University Hospital in Seoul in the Republic of Korea. As obesity increases, so does the prevalence of OSA—and OSA may also be related to cardiovascular complications, neurologic disease, diabetes, and other conditions. Read More
  • Immunotherapy is Not a Cure-all for Cancer TreatmentImmunotherapy, which has the capability of restoring the patient’s own anti-tumor immunity as a potential strategy in combatting cancer, is a major breakthrough in cancer therapy. To understand how immunotherapy works, we must first understand how anti-tumor immunity should work, said Clint T. Allen, MD, of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Read More

Week of Sept. 21