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Thread veins and varicose veins: medical or aesthetic?

I was recently attending a national aesthetics conference when I got talking to a very well-known opinion leader in the aesthetics world. During the conversation, I was astounded to be asked: “What do you think now that NICE has agreed...

Classification of maxillofacial pain

The patient that presents with oral and facial pain can prove a diagnostic conundrum. Whilst most often dental causes can explain the origin and help from our maxillofacial colleagues is warranted, it is useful to have a system for approaching...

Diagnosis of osteonecrosis of the jaw

Although the management of medical relation osteonecrosis of the jaw is usually provided by colleagues in maxillofacial surgery, it is essential for ENT surgeons to effectively diagnose the various presentations of this condition. Affected bone that is exposed and necrotic...

Upper facial rejuvenation

The author provides a comprehensive overview of a variety of considerations for clinicians to consider when assessing the upper third of the face, through discussion of anatomy, the importance of treatment planning, symptoms of complications, as well as treatment strategies....

PIP experience in the United Kingdom

This interesting study had three end-points. The accuracy of operative and radiological findings on explantation of PIP implants following the PIP scandal. The volume between intact and ruptured implants, with the hypothesis larger implants were more likely to rupture, and...

Defeating dry skin

The author provides a comprehensive overview of the factors influencing skin condition, exploring the physiological processes affecting hydration, the role of ceramides as well as epidermal aquaporins. A detailed and referenced discussion is conveyed on the intrinsic and extrinsic factors...

Facial sensory rehabilitation

The authors of this paper show the results of their method for facial sensory rehabilitation using cross-face sural nerve grafts in three patients. All three patients had hemifacial anaesthesia after trauma or intracranial tumour resections and their symptoms varied from...

Vaginal dryness and the menopause

An insightful overview of a specialised topic. The author describes survey findings which indicate a lack of available information to menopausal women about the relationship between vaginal dryness and hormones. Obstacles to affected individuals obtaining specialist input appear to be...

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and appearance anxiety

An interesting overview of the impact which appearance anxiety can create upon an individual’s wellbeing. Studies estimate one third of individuals with a visible difference are thought to develop anxiety and stress as a consequence. Whilst the discussion surrounding this...

A comparison between the American European Consensus Group and the American College of Rheumatology classification criteria for Sjogren's syndrome

This article highlights the challenges in diagnosing Sjogren's syndrome. As is pointed out in the introduction, there is no one gold standard for diagnosis and since 1965, there have been 11 sets of classification criteria for Sjogren's syndrome. The authors...

Surgery for class III malocclusions pharyngeal airway and sleep apnoea effects

Thirty-three patients from Brazil were assessed for obstructive sleep apnoea and hypopnoea syndrome pre- and six months postoperatively. The 33 patients were made up of nine having mandibular set back surgery, six maxillary advancement and 18 bi-maxillary surgery. They identified...

Orbital filler for enophthalmos in Parry-Romberg syndrome

This is a retrospective review of three patients with enophthalmos in sighted eyes secondary to Parry-Romberg syndrome. The patients were all female, aged between 24 and 54. All three patients had 4mm of relative enophthalmos prior to treatment. They each...