CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat Earns Accreditation For CT Imaging From The ICACTL

CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat has earned accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Computed Tomography Laboratories (ICACTL), in the areas of Sinus and Temporal Bone, for its on-site Computed Tomography (CT) imaging services. The practice is the only lab in this region, and one of only eight labs in North Carolina, to …

Canker Sores (Aphthous Stomatitis): A Common Problem Of Unknown Origin

Aphthous stomatitis, commonly referred to as canker sores, is the most common form of oral ulcerative disease, but its cause is still uncertain. Aphthous ulcers can range from minor to severe in pain and occur in otherwise healthy patients. Etiologic factors such as stress, physical or chemical trauma, food sensitivity and infection related to Helicobacter …

Minimally Invasive Sinus Surgery Provides Relief Of Nasal Polyps Where Other Surgeries Failed

This spring marked the first pain-free allergy season in five years for Glenn Israel. After years of suffering from chronic sinusitis and nasal polyposis, he finally found relief at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat. Prior to coming to our practice, Glenn underwent two sinus procedures in 2002 and 2004, one of which included septoplasty. These …

Surgical Intervention Restores Normal Hearing And Balance After Inner Ear Trauma

Damage to the inner ear can lead to permanent hearing loss, vertigo and other severe balance problems. Immediate attention from an otolaryngologist, along with the proper treatment and follow-up, can make the critical difference between life-long profound deafness and a return to normal hearing. With a recent case of inner ear trauma at Cornerstone Ear, …

Vertigo: A Balanced Approach To Diagnosing And Treating Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common form of vertigo and occurs most often in the elderly population. Symptoms include brief episodes of dizziness, lightheadedness, imbalance, and occasionally even nausea in response to positional changes. BPPV occurs when detached otoliths, often referred to as “crystals” or “ear rocks,” cause a deflection of the …

Audiology Testing Crucial To Treating Imbalance or Dizziness

Balance is in part controlled by the vestibular system of the inner ear. The main organ for hearing, the cochlea, is also contained here. Because these organs are both housed within the temporal bone space and share fluids, there are many disorders of the vestibular system that will present with both hearing and balance symptoms. …

Treatment Recommendations For Acute Sinusitis

While it is very difficult to distinguish between bacterial and viral sinus infections, many primary care physicians choose to treat acute sinusitis with antibiotics. To help determine the effectiveness of antibiotics, a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association utilized amoxicillin and topical budesonide in treating acute, nonrecurrent, maxillary sinusitis. In the …

Breathing, Sleeping & Smiling Better Than Ever: Early Intervention Helps This Child Avoid A Lifetime Of Problems

To look at Trinity Minor today, you wouldn’t guess what this sweet two-year-old has endured. Enlarged adenoids led to chronic nasal obstruction and many sleepless nights for her and her family. Fortunately, CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat was able to help. From the age of one, Trinity suffered from constant nasal congestion. At first, her …

About Face: Preventing Adenoid Faces In Children

In 1872, C.V Tomes coined the term “adenoid faces” to describe the long lean mid-face with high arched palate and dental crowding present in children with chronic nasal airway obstruction. Traditionally, orthodontists and pediatric dentists are heavily relied upon to correct these predictable and often-avoidable facial changes; however, there are preventative measures that can be …