Category: Ear, Nose, and Throat

Dysphagia: Improving Treatment Strategies

Tamara Wasserman-Wincko, MS, CCC-SLP

Eating and drinking is something we often take for granted and is the link to many social events, holidays, and celebrations.  If swallowing is impaired, it can change quality of life. Swallowing difficulty is called dysphagia. In the United States, 1 in 25 adults experience dysphagia annually. Dysphagia is often associated with specific conditions (i.e.  stroke, head and neck cancer, neurological disease, trauma to the head and neck, respiratory disease, and advanced age), but can also occur during hospitalizations as a consequence of prolonged intubation and/or becoming deconditioned/weak. Severe cases of dysphagia can lead to dehydration, malnutrition, and aspiration pneumonia

Gathering the Pieces to Help Solve the Problem of Sino-Nasal Cancers

Eric Wang, MD

The Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is consistently one of the most highly regarded departments in the country. A key component of this long-time success can be attributed to the pioneering efforts that have been made in the field of nose and paranasal sinus cancers. Sino-Nasal Cancers and the University of Pittsburgh Cancers in the nose and paranasal sinus are rare but tend to present at a late stage. The symptoms are very similar to many other common sinus and nasal complaints, including nasal congestion, increased nasal drainage, facial pressure, and nosebleeds. These shared

Q&A with Dr. Andrew McCall, Otologist

Andrew McCall, MD

Sight & Sound launched a new feature with our most recent edition – a Question & Answer (Q&A) session with one of our popular University of Pittsburgh faculty members and UPMC clinicians. This series focuses on questions and concerns that clinicians are asked daily by patients. Additionally, Q&A will offer insight into a diverse mix of clinicians at the UPMC Eye Centers, ENT Clinics, Sleep, Sino-Nasal & Allergy, Swallowing & Balance Disorders, and Voice Centers! For this edition, Andrew McCall, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, is our inaugural Q&A subject. An