Otolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat)

Ioan A. Lina, Mark F. Williams

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The conditions in this chapter focus on the structures of the ear, nose, and throat involved in potential emergent pathophysiology. Epistaxis is covered first as the most commonly encountered otolaryngology-related issue in primary care. Infections of the throat and neck follow (peritonsillar and retropharyngeal abscesses, Lemierre’s syndrome, and epiglottitis). The emergent ear infections of mastoiditis and malignant otitis externa are covered subsequently. A discussion of peripheral versus central vertigo addresses the discernment between benign and emergent causes of vertigo in the ambulatory patient. Sudden sensorineural hearing loss and the rare emergent complications of acute rhinosinusitis are covered last.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationManaging Emergencies in the Outpatient Setting
Subtitle of host publicationPearls for Primary Care
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783031152702
ISBN (Print)9783031152696
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Acute rhinosinusitis
  • Epiglottitis
  • Epistaxis
  • Lemierre’s syndrome
  • Malignant otitis externa
  • Mastoiditis
  • Peritonsillar abscess
  • Retropharyngeal abscess
  • Sudden sensorineural hearing loss
  • Vertigo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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