Division of Otolaryngology
The Division of Otolaryngology at Scott & White Clinic and the Texas A&M System University System Health Science Center College of Medicine includes six sections dedicated in depth to the study, diagnosis and treatment of complex medical problems.
Section of Otology – Neurotology
The Section of Otology is dedicated to the study, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the ear including:
- Disorders related with the management of deafness
- Tumors of the temporal bone and base of the skull
- Acute and chronic infections of the external middle and inner ear
- Mild to profound deafness
- Stenosis of the ear canal
- Cochlear implants
- Benign and malignant tumors of the temporal bone ear canal and auricle
The Section of Otology – Neurotology, working together with the diagnostic capabilities of the Section of Audiology and Balance Disorders, the Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Section of Speech-Pathology and Communicative Disorders constitute the Scott & White Hearing and Balance Center.
Section of Audiology and Balance Disorders
The Section of Audiology and Balance Disorders is dedicated to the study of hearing and balance disorders. The Section has capabilities for the diagnosis and management of profound deafness including modern hearing amplification capabilities, hearing aids dispensation, cochlear implants programming and in depth study of vertigo and dysequilibrium. Hearing screening tests for newborn and premature babies are conducted on all children born at Scott & White.
Section of Pediatric Otolaryngology
The Section of Pediatric Otolaryngology is dedicated to the study, diagnosis and treatment of congenital or developmental otolaryngologic problems of the newborn and infant. The section includes the management of pediatric ear disease, hearing disorders and airway compromise including surgery for airway reconstruction. The section also manages pediatric benign masses and malignant tumors of the head and neck in the pediatric population.
Section of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
The Section of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology is dedicated to the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant tumors of the head and neck. Working together with the sections of Medical Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology, Therapeutic Radiology, Hospital Dentistry, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dietetics, Speech Pathology and Social Services, the group constitutes the Head and Neck Cancer Management Group.
Section of Laryngology and Voice Disorders
The Section of Laryngology and Voice Disorders is dedicated to the diagnosis and management of diseases of the larynx including benign and malignant tumors, voice disorders and alterations of laryngeal function.
The Section of Laryngology (in conjunction with the Section of Speech-Language Pathology) treats patients who are having problems with their speaking or singing voice. These include: muscle-tension disorders; masses on the vocal folds; paralyzed vocal folds and neurologic problems including severe voice tremor or spasmodic dysphonia.
Stroboscopy is frequently used to help diagnose conditions. Treatment usually involves voice therapy and medications. Microsurgery is performed when there is a suspicion of cancer, or if a mass is present which is either too large to treat with voice therapy alone or does not improve with voice therapy. Botulinum toxin injections are offered to patients with severe voice tremor or spasmodic dysphonia.
Treatment of paralyzed vocal folds depends on whether one or both are paralyzed. Options include voice therapy, vocal cord injection or performing surgery and placing an implant to move the vocal fold to the middle.
Section of Speech-Language Pathology and Communicative Disorders
The Section of Speech-Language Pathology and Communicative Disorders is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of communication in the perceptive and expressive areas and in the profoundly deaf. Services include formal evaluation of speech, voice, language, oral motor disorders, speech voice and language therapy. The section also manages swallowing disorders and rehabilitation associated with laryngeal, pharyngeal or esophageal dysfunction.