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The best part of being an ENT is that almost every procedure can be learnt by Cadaver Dissection. Cultivate (?bribe) some mortuary fellows, medical officers etc and dissect on fresh cadavers. If possible keep a separate portable suction etc in your vehicle along with the instruments and dissect, dissect, dissect. Then observe as many people as you can (videos, live, mini fellowships, observerships etc.) and again come back and dissect some more (applying what you've seen). And never stop dissecting. Some of the most pioneering approaches in ENT were (and indeed still are) first conceived, honed and practiced on cadavers..... Dr Yogesh Jain

24th National ENT Conference,14th to 16th December 2012,Karachi

Dear Colleagues, It gives me immense pleasure to invite you this winter to the beautiful city of Karachi on the auspicious occasion of the 24th National ENT Conference to be held from 14th to 16th December 2012. This platform provides us an opportunity to share our views regarding the recent advancements, disease pattern, various approaches and of course also provides the budding consultants an opportunity to present their research for discussion and accreditation. We expect maximum attendance from all over the country as Karachi is the trend setter and plays a lead role in the ENT fraternity of our country. We are expecting a good number of international delegates from USA , UK , UAE, Malaysia , India and other countries, who will conduct pre conference workshops, seminars, state of the art and key note lectures. Looking forward to welcome you in Karachi . ---------------------------------------------------------- Dr. Muhammad Saleem Marfani Professor & Chairman Dept. of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Dow Medical College Dow University of Health Sciences KARACHI, PAKISTAN Cell: 0301 8215909 Hosp: 009221 99215742 Ext.3019 Dir: 009221 99215717 Clinic: 009221 34533597

Montelukast in the treatment of allergic rhinitis: an evidence-based review.

Abstract Cysteinyl-leukotrienes (CysLTs) are endogenous mediators of inflammation and play an important role in allergic airway disease by stimulating bronchoconstriction, mucus production, mucosal oedema and inflammation, airway infiltration by eosinophils, and dendritic cell maturation that prepares for future allergic response. Montelukast inhibits these actions by blocking type 1 CysLT receptors found on immunocytes, smooth muscle and endothelium in the respiratory mucosa. Initially developed as a treatment for asthma, montelukast has more recently found use in the treatment of allergic rhinitis (AR). We conducted a systematic review of studies that have evaluated montelukast in the treatment of seasonal AR (SAR) and perennial AR (PAR), with and without concomitant asthma. Primary consideration was given to large, randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trials in which AR endpoints were assessed and the use of concurrent treatments for AR was excluded. Eight such studies were found in the literature. The primary endpoint in these was daytime nasal symptom severity represented by a composite score derived from individual self-ratings of nasal congestion, rhinorrhoea, nasal pruritus and sneezing. Secondary endpoints have included these individual nasal symptom scores, additional scores for eye, ear and throat symptoms, the impact of rhinitis on quality of sleep, global evaluations of outcome by patients and physicians, and measures of the severity of concomitant asthma. A general outcome was that patients treated with montelukast had significantly greater improvements in their symptoms of SAR and PAR than did patients who were given a placebo. As monotherapy, montelukast exhibited efficacy similar to that of loratadine, but less than that of the intranasally administered corticosteroid fluticasone propionate. The use of montelukast in combination with antihistamines such as loratadine or cetirizine has generally resulted in greater efficacy than when these agents were used alone, and in some studies has produced results comparable with intranasally applied corticosteroids. In patients with AR comorbid with asthma, montelukast treatment has resulted in significant improvements in both, compared with placebo. Montelukast is well tolerated and has a favourable safety profile; adverse events have occurred at similar frequencies in patients taking either montelukast or placebo. Montelukast provides an effective and well tolerated oral treatment for allergic airway inflammation in patients with SAR or PAR without asthma, and in patients in whom AR is comorbid with asthma.

Julius Lempert ... Father of Modern Otology

The Julius Lempert story occurred in the early part of the 20th century. It would be an impossible accomplishment in the 21st century. The son of Mischa and Anna Lempert, Julius was born in Lublin, Poland, on July 4, 1891. Not much is known about the boy’s early years. Most accounts start at age 13 when Julius joined a student protest march, was arrested by the police, and thrown in prison. READ MORE

Workshop on Head and Neck Oncosurgery and Hands on cadaveric dissection course , June1-3,2012, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal


Workshop on Head and Neck Oncosurgery and Hands on cadaveric dissection course Venue: Conference Hall, 3rd Floor, Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Block, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal Dates: June1-3,2012 Organised by: Dept of ENT-Head and Neck surgery and Department of Anatomy, KMC, Manipal, Contact: +919845383714, +919880195957 Fees: Workshop with cadaveric dissection course: Rs 6000/$250 Workshop with cadaveric dissection course observation:Rs1500/$75(Rs1000/ $50 for postgraduates) Last date for registration: May 15th,2012 Spot registration: Rs 2500/$100(No cadaveric dissection)

AOI Delhi state Conference

Revised Programme VISIT

Dr Ishwar Singh)
Hony Secretary, Delhi AOI

Stein Auditorium
India Habitat Center,
New Delhi

Dr. Magne Thivrein
Dr. Subramania Iyer
Dr. Jayakumar R. Menon

Details of Cheque/DD in favour of “Delhi AOICON 2012”


 PG Residents = Rs 1000/-


Dr Ishwar Singh
Professor of ENT
Department of ENT, 3rd Floor
MAMC, New Delhi-110002
E mail=

Sleep disordered Breathing ,April 22,Nagpur


Dr Samit S. Bali 
Consultant ENT Surgeon
Bali Clinic, Ground floor,Yash Complex ,
Bharat Nagar sq.,Amravati road
Nagpur 440033, India
Clinic No. 0712 2549358

Home Sleep Monitoring Device



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size device enables anyone to perform a sleep test in the comfort of their own bedroom. The Morpheus Ox measures
photoplethysmography, blood saturation, heart rate, and activity signals.

By utilizing W ideMed’s innovative automatic sleep scoring software, Morpheus Ox delivers an accurate and reliable sleep
study diagnosis, including Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI), sleep/wake, and Cheyne-Stokes breathing.

Morpheus Ox’s unique algorithm derives a respiratory signal which is comparable to measured respiratory signals.

The Morpheus Ox web-based server software is a comprehensive platform which manages a cost-effective sleep services
operation, including patient electronic medical record, cardiac and sleep diagnostics outcomes and a complete workflow

Morpheus Ox is offered in two configurations, one for a single physician clinic while the other is designed for sleep
diagnostic service centers.


• Overnight home/ambulatory monitoring

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• Web-based sleep study data management

• Low cost proven hardware

• Up to 3 nights recording capability

• Ambulatory cardio-sleep diagnosis

11th Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness in conjunction with the 6th National University of Singapore – National University Hospital ENT Conference, from 26th to 28th July 2012.

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is a pleasure to inform you that the National University Hospital Singapore will be hosting the 11th Asia Pacific Congress on Deafness in conjunction with the 6th National University of Singapore – National University Hospital ENT Conference, from 26th to 28th July 2012.

This conference will be an unique one as our focus in ENT section will be in Inner Ear Regeneration, Genetic Hearing Loss, Implantable Hearing Devices, Microtia Reconstruction, Tinnitus and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. 

Among the invited faculty and speakers are:
Prof. Stefan Heller (Stanford University, USA)
A/Prof. John Grienwald (Cincinnati Children's Hospital, USA)
Dr. Ashesh Bhumkar (Ear-Nose-Throat Hospital, India)
Dr. Henning Frenzel (University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Dr. Nagata Satoru (Chiba TokushukaiHospital, Chiba, Japan)
Prof. Tianyu Zhang (Fudan University, China)

In addition, pre-congress workshops on Temporal Bone Drilling, Interpreting Radiology of Temporal Bone, etc, are available on 24th and 25th July 2012. 

We are honored to have your presence here, sharing your experience and presenting your research papers. More information is available on the conference website: www.apcd2012.comor email

Yours Sincerely,
Associate Professor Lynne Lim
Congress President, 11th AsiaPacific Congress on Deafness
Director, Centre for Hearing Intervention & Language Development (CHILD)
Senior Consultant, Otolaryngology - Head Neck Surgery Department
National University Health System

Chin Ee Ling
Congress Secretary, APCD 2012
ENT Clinic, National University Hospital
5, Lower Kent Ridge RoadKent Ridge Wing 2,  Level 3, Singapore 119074
DID 6772 4487/4480, Fax 6777 7714, A member of NUHS 

Surgical Workshop on Lateral Skull Base Surgery & 32nd Annual Conf. of Neuro-Otological & Equilibriornetrie Society of India,April 19-21,Delhi

Scientific Programme 

3rd Sri Ramachandra Voice Update 2012 – First Announcement

3rd Sri Ramachandra Voice Update 2012 – First Announcement
The Department of ENT, Head & Neck Surgery and the Department of Speech Language & Hearing Sciences, Sri Ramachandra University announce the 3rdSri Ramachandra Voice Update to be held at Chennai. The workshop comprises live surgeries, lectures and panel discussions with parallel sessions for Speech Language Pathologists.
Date: 11th August 2012
Venue: Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Porur, Chennai – 600116
Organizing chairman: Prof (Lt Col) A Ravikumar
Registration details:
ENT Consultants
Rs 2500/-
Speech Pathology Consultants
Rs 1500/-
Postgraduates – ENT, Speech Pathology
Rs 1000/-
Last date for registration: 1 Aug 2012
Accommodation available within the hospital campus. Kindly intimate if accommodation is required.
Dr. Jayakumar Menon, Thiruvananthapuram
Ms. Divya Chandrasekhar, Gurgaon
Send in your registrations by DD in favour of ‘VOICE CME’ payable at Chennai to:
Dr. (Maj) John Samuel
Organizing Secretary
Department of ENT, Head & Neck Surgery,
Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute,
Chennai – 600116
Mob: 9952982949

12TH NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF FHNO (Foundation of Head & Neck Oncology) Date:- October 12th – 14th , 2012

IFHNOS WORLD TOUR 2012 (The International Federation of Head & Neck Oncologic Societies)
12THNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF FHNO (Foundation of Head & Neck Oncology)
Date:- October 12th– 14th , 2012
Venue:- Hotel Courtyard Marriott, Ahmedabad, India

Dr. Rajendra Toprani, M.S., M.Ch. Organizing Secretary
HCG Cancer Centre, Sola Science City Road, S. G. Highway, Ahmedabad - 380060 Gujarat, India
Tel.: +91 79 30907000 / 33669999 - M: +91 9898213214 - Email:

 HOSTED BY: GSHNO (Gujarat Society of Head & Neck Oncology)
For Registrations contact :
Event Manager
Tel.: + 91 22 2438 3498 - Telefax: + 91 22 2438 3499 - Email:

AOI 8th Southzone and 31 st AOI AP State Conference to be held at “A Convention Centre” Vijayawada from 12 th to 14th October 2012.

Dear Friends,

We have great pleasure in inviting all of you to the mega event of the ENT fraternity of the South India, AOI 8th Southzone and 31 st AOI AP State Conference to be held at “A Convention Centre” Vijayawada from 12 th to 14th October 2012.

When the Southzone was concieved 7 years ago at informal meetings of some of the senior members everyone was wondering whether we can sustain the energy flowing. Successive and Successful Conferences all around the Southern states of Andhra Pradesh,Karnataka,Kerala and Tamil nadu including Pondicherry  proved that  always good Conferences are well attended. The last Southzone Conference at Kozhikode proved this point with 900 delegate registrations. The Governingbody and  the steering Committee headed by Dr.Mohan kameswaran (2006-2009)Dr.Dwarakanatha Reddy(2009 to 2012) had left no stones to streamline the activities of the Southzone ENT fraternity.

 The three day extravaganza includes several events Orations by eminent international and national faculty, Panel discussions,Invited talks and Award and Goldmedal paper presentations by the Postgraduates and Residents and Consultants. We have confirmed acceptance by some of the well known faculty and we were also waiting for the some more acceptances. We are also planning to have cultural activities along with the traditional Andhra hospitality.

Please mark the  dates 12-14th October 2012 for this mega event.  We assure you an academically stimulating and  enjoyable Conference at Vijayawada. The weather at Vijayawada is just pleasnt and beautiful. We request you to attend in larger numbers and make the Conference a memorable one.

Murthy PSN                    Sivaramakrishna K    

Org Chairman                    Org  Secretary              

Professor & HOD/ENT-HNS/Dr.PSIMS&RF/Gannavaram

Senior Consultant/ENT-HNS/Manipal Hospitals/Vijayawada

Member,Academic Senate/Dr.NTR University of Health Sciences/Vijayawada (From 2010 onwards)

Member,World Association of Medical Editors

Chairman/Editorial Board – IJOHNS (2006 to 2012)

Editor/International Journal of Phonosurgery and Laryngology

Past president/AOI – AP & Southzone branches (2007 to 2008)

Past President/All India Rhinology Society (2008 to 2009)

Surgical Workshop on Lateral Skull Base Surgery & 32nd Annual Conf. of Neuro-Otological & Equilibriornetrie Society of India,April 19-21,Delhi


Surgical Workshop on Larral Skull Base Surgery & 32nd Annual Conf. of Neuro-Otological & Equilibriornetrie Society , AI IMS & India Habitat Centre New Delhi

  • Venue : LN auditorium AIIMS and India Habitat Center
  • Academic feat to look forward all ENT specialists and audiologists by the faculty best in field!!
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Workshop on neurotology,13th 14th and 15th of April,Kolkata


Dear Doctor,
This is to inform you about my next workshop on neurotology and medical audiology specifically for doctors practising in ENT and neurology which I have been conducting every year for the last 12 years. This is the only workshop of its kind in this part of the world and is designed for clinicians who manage patients suffering from balance disorders and hearing disorders (vertigo, deafness and tinnitus). This year the workshop will be held in Kolkata on the 13th 14th and 15th of April. Prof Harman Kingma from the Netherlands and Prof Gorgio Guedetti from Italy both of whom are international celebrities in the field of neurotology are the invited foreign faculty. In addition we will be having some Indian doctors -neurologists and ENTs who have excelled in diagnostic and therapeutic neurotology and have special interest in vertigo as faculty members for the three-day rendezvous on contemporary neurotology.
The purpose of the workshop is to update clinicians on the diagnosis and management of vertigo and hearing disorders and evolve an ethical and judicious consensus on management. The management of balance disorders has been the most controversial and screwed up subject in contemporary medicine and an ethical consensus needs to be evolved putting all our heads together as many stalwarts in the subject will be present there. This is one of the objectives of the workshop. There will be enough scope of practical demonstrations of the various high-tech investigations for vertigo and the different liberatory manoeuvres and physical therapy for management of balance disorders. All the latest investigative modalities that are now considered essential for diagnosis of neurotological disorders like VNG, ENG, VEMP, ECochG, VHIT, Subjective Visual Vertical, CHIRP BERA, ABRIS, ASSR etc and the ethical and ideal management of balance disorders will be essence of this workshop.
I will be extremely grateful if you join us for this workshop and also circulate the details of this to your friends and colleagues. A brochure for the workshop is attached along with for your esteemed perusal.
You may get back to me for any further details that you require or ring up my secretary:- phone numbers + 91 9831477573 and +91 9836002580.
With regards,
Dr Anirban Biswas 
Ph +919830352580 

You may visit me at The agenda and program of the workshop is uploaded here in the page on 'Updates of workshops' .

A tribute to Dr VP Sood

It is difficult to believe that the man who initiated All India Rhinology society is no more. He was the single most important person to popularize Rhinoplasty in India. He will always be remembered as Father of Indian Rhinoplasties.

Being associated with him for last seven years , I wish to honor him with the title 'MASTER OF CARTILAGES'. He was fine sculpture artist of upper and lower lateral cartilages. He was strong supporter of closed rhinoplasty techniques and He used to do all extensive cases under local anesthesia, which is again an art. His presence in operation theater was good enough to make all things fall in place.

So much confidence he generated among patients that there are generations of families which he had operated. His hands and luck were God gifted. He was a very religious person.

His Rhinoplasty and endoscopic sinus surgery courses were extremely popular in India and abroad and he conducted such courses for 38 years!

His book on Rhinoplasty remained popular for beginners. I realized it`s importance once I assisted him during surgeries. The book was sheer outcome of his vast experience.

He had been president of association of otorhinolaryngologists of India and All India Rhinology society.

He was a true fighter in personal life also. He fought his terminal illness with dignity and grace. He was active in his work till last month. Death is immortal but the way he braved his illness should be lesson for others.
The greatest concern now for me goes to Mrs Sood who was the force behind this man. I pray God to give her strength and the family to overcome his absence.

May God rest his soul in peace.

Dr. Ajay Jain