ENT (Ear-, Nose and Throat surgery)

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About the course

This course prepares the general practitioner theoretically and practically to confidently deal with commonly encountered ENT diseases, both medically and surgically. Many of the procedures taught you will be able to perform in your own practice, but the course will also highlight which patients are best referred to a specialist.

Theoretical topics: Diseases of the auricle, ear canal and middle ear – othaematoma, auricular trauma, auricular tumors, chronic otitis externa, polyps, ear canal tumors, cholesteatoma, otitis media, middle ear effusion, auditory tube dysfunction. Including surgical techniques such as othaematoma correction, polyp removal, vertical and lateral wall resections, total ear canal ablation, lateral and ventral bulla osteotomy. Diseases of the nose, nasopharynx and brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome – nasal anatomy and physiology, diagnostic imaging techniques and rhinoscopy/nasopharyngoscopy, nasal foreign bodies, Aspergillosis, neoplasia, oronasal fistula, chronic rhinitis, nasopharyngeal stenosis, stenotic nares and aberrant turbinates, pharyngeal narrowing and overlong soft palate, laryngeal hypoplasia and collapse, tracheal collapse. This includes discussion of rhinotomy techniques, surgery for nasopharyngeal stenosis, brachycephalic surgery. Diseases of the pharynx, larynx, trachea and bronchi – mucocele, pharyngitis, tumor, stick injury, laryngitis and laryngeal paralysis, tracheal foreign body, hypoplasia, tumor, tracheitis. This includes discussion for laryngeal paralysis (arytenoid lateralization), tracheotomy and tracheal resection and anastomosis. 

Practical/interactive procedures: Total ear canal ablation with lateral bulla osteotomy and pinnectomy will be practiced on a dog cadaver, polyp removal and ventral bulla osteotomy on a cat cadaver. On day 2 dorsal, ventral and lateral rhinotomy will be performed as well as procedures to correct brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome such as stenotic nares (modified horizontal wedge technique with lateralization of ventral alae) and staphylectomy (soft palate resection). On day 3 tonsillectomy, ventral laryngotomy and thyroid-arytenoid lateralization will be practiced as well as tracheotomy and tracheal resection and anastomosis.

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