PANDAS - Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections

PANDAS – What Every Parent Needs to Know

What is PANDAS? In recent years, there has been a growing body of information and awareness among the medical community of a rare but concerning consequence of GABHS infection (a.k.a. acute tonsillitis or “strep throat”) called Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections, commonly referred to as PANDAS. This is a specific phenomenon that falls under the broader category of Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). Proper diagnosis is dependent on the healthcare provider’s awareness of this uncommon GABHS associated … Continued

Zenker's Diverticulum - Tough to Swallow

Zenker’s Diverticulum – Tough to Swallow

According to research, the average person swallows between 600 and 2,000 times a day. Swallowing is a complex process that involves numerous muscles and nerves. We rarely consider this process until swallowing becomes difficult, called dysphagia, or painful, called odynophagia. These symptoms may then lead to additional signs that swallowing is impaired, such as choking, gagging, drooling and coughing. The causes of abnormal swallowing function can range from having a piece of food or bone stuck in the throat to … Continued

Jonah Breedan

Coblation Tonsillectomy: Solving Breathing And Swallowing Problems For Young Patients

When Jonah Breedan was two years old, his parents noticed that he started to breathe through his mouth.. He also began to lightly snore when sleeping, and woke up frequently during the night. His pediatrician monitored Jonah’s condition for three years until his tonsils and adenoids became visibly enlarged and started to actually interfere with Jonah’s eating and his breathing. At that point, he was referred to Daron Smith, M.D. at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat. “When I first met … Continued

Canker Sores

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 pylori and herpes simplex virus have been investigated, but no consistent link has been determined.This has led to treatments that focus on symptom reduction, including: … Continued

Coblation Tonsillectomy Means Less Pain & Quicker Recovery For Patients

Use of Coblation® technology for tonsillectomy has grown significantly in the last several years. Since 1998, CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat has had very positive results with this procedure for both adults and children. It was the first Charlotte-area practice to use Coblation exclusively for removal of tonsils and remains one of the few to utilize this technology. “This technology has essentially revolutionized the tonsillectomy.” CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat founder, William McClelland, M.D., FACS With Coblation, the tonsils are still … Continued