Scientific Program

Day 1

  • Laryngeal reconstruction utilising polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea) urethane

    University of London
    United Kingdom

    Wismayer K is a Basic Specialist Trainee in Surgery at Mater Dei Hospital, Malta. He read Medicine and Surgery at the University of Malta Medical School. After completing the UK Foundation Programme, he undertook an MSc in Surgical and Interventional Sciences with University College London (UCL, UK) and has since taken a special interest in tissue-engineering and regenerative medicine, particularly of the larynx. He presented at BACO 2015 and has spoken at the ASiT 2017 Conference as well as the Malta Medical School Conference 2018. He is involved with teaching medical students in clinical settings as well as part of Doctors Academy.


    Laryngeal reconstruction utilising polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane poly(carbonate-urea) urethane

  • Exploring tinnitus by the assessments of electrocorticography - Seeking possible physiological mechanisms

    China Medical University Hsinchu Hospital

    Tinnitus is a condition where individuals are conscious of a particular sound without outside stimulation. We assume that there are huge number of people suffer from tinnitus and they are desired to find solutions. Though many kinds of managements, these all have limited success and effective cure remain missing as the underlying pathophysiology is still poorly understood. Although there is currently no perfect way to cure tinnitus, it is important to figure out the physiological mechanisms of tinnitus generation and to develop a good solution to reliably eliminate the phantom sounds inside the patients by both auditory neuroscientists and clinicians. It might help developing new management for tinnitus if we understand the details of pathophysiological mechanisms. In order to explore the changes of auditory pathway on tinnitus, we applied the combination of the behavior assessment and electrocorticography to compare the tinnitus group and nontinnitus group. The results revealed that the tinnitus related increased neural activities and neural synchrony. Results taken together will suggest that the tinnitus perception is generated by the hyperactive and enhanced synchrony. These might be a good point to induce the generation of subject tinnitus. Besides, Further results will be provided for more insights on tinnitus perception. It is possible that the reorganized auditory circuits and plasticity are related to development of irreversible tinnitus.

  • Middle nasal valve collapse: A way to resolve

    Hospital da Luz Arrabida

    Dunja Milicic obtained 1988 MSc in ENT, Maxillo-facial Surgery, Audiology and Phoniatrics by University of Zagreb, Croatia Specialist in ENT , Head &Neck Surgery in 1991, practicing from 1994 in Portugal. Lecturing ENT in Croatia and Portugal ( Medical School University of Zagreb and Porto). Membership in SPORL, APO, EAFPS, IAPO and RSE. Publications and respective citations in ResearchGate.


    Middle nasal valve collapse is a partial or complete collapsing of soft structures of nasal pyramid, due to negative intranasal pressures resulting in complete anterior nasal obstruction of airflow. Even though is relatively common, it is often misdiagnosed or neglected in diagnosis. There are too many suggestions of surgical resolution of the problem, giving an idea that all of them are actually only partially or insufficiently resolving the problem. In this paper a possible solution of middle nasal vault collapse was presented. A triangle cartilage grafting with respecting of anatomical and functional principles was suggested. An open rhinoplasty approach by its large exposure was, in our hands, the election method for resolving the problem.

  • Analysis of three-dimensional movement of immobile vocal fold using 3DCT for correct diagnosis and surgical strategy planning

    Shinjyuku Voice Clinic

    Ryoji Tokashiki graduated from Tokyo Medical University in 1990 and has been a professor at Tokyo Medical University since 2008. In 2010, he opened his own practice, “Shinjyuku Voice Clinic”, focusing on voice disorders. He performs over 200 voice surgeries for unilateral vocal fold paralysis (UVFP) and spasmodic dysphonia annually and has achieved good outcomes. He also performs over 500 office surgeries annually for vocal fold lesions, such as polyps, nodules, cysts, and injection laryngoplasty. His practice also treats many patients with functional voice disorders, including stuttering. He uses 3DCT to analyze three-dimensional movement in cases of immobile vocal fold, in which the actual movement cannot be determined by endoscopy because of the two-dimensional nature of the technique. He is currently interested in analyzing brain activity of functional dysphonia, spasmodic dysphonia and stuttering using functional MRI.


    This lecture will focus on three-Dimensional (3D) movement of the immobile Vocal Fold (VF) determined using three- Dimensional Computed Tomography (3DCT). As endoscopic findings reflect only two-dimensional movement of the VF, it is impossible to make a correct diagnosis using this method. The cases that will be presented will include not only Unilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis (UVFP) but also arytenoid dislocation, laryngeal scarring, and other status. The main conditions are outlined below. The 3D findings provide new information and are useful in surgical treatment planning. UVFP Even in cases of light UVFP, the paralyzed arytenoids are passively displaced cranially on phonation. Number of surgical procedures are available for UVFP, including injection laryngoplasty and type 1 thyroplasty. However, better voice quality can be acquired by “Arytenoid Adduction (AA)”, because it is the only method that can resolve this passive movement. Some specific types of UVFP, such as Adductor Branch Paralysis (AdBP), will also be presented. Arytenoid Dislocation (AD) Diagnosis of AD requires a good understanding of the complex 3D arrangement of the arytenoid cartilage. AD is commonly divided into two types, i.e., posterior and anterior dislocation. 3DCT analyses indicated that posterior AD is very rare and is often misdiagnosed as AdBP and vice versa. We found two types of anterior AD, i.e., cranial and caudal AD. The VF in cases of caudal AD is located at the mid-position. These patients show only mild vocal symptoms and are sometimes misdiagnosed as having medial UVFP. Other types of immobile VF There are many rare and interesting causes of immobile VF, including scarring after intubation or trauma, fracture, congenital conditions, and various other reasons. Endoscopy in not useful for understanding the condition of a patient’s larynx, while 3DCT can reveal the actual status in such cases.

Sessions on: Otolaryngology | Rehabilitation in ENT Surgery | Head, Neck and Oral Oncology | Endoscopy and Diagnosis Techniques | Speech Disorders | Ear Disorders | Sleep Apnea | Nasal Conditions
  • Cholesteatoma behind intact tympanic membrane: Congenital versus acquired origin
    Amira Al Hail
    Hamad Medical Corporation
    Saudi Arabia

    Dr. Amira N Al Hail is senior consultant and head of department in Otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery in AlWakra Hospital which is one of the facilities of Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar. She completed Fachartz in Otolaryngology, Muenster, Germany since 2007. She is Assistant Professor of clinical otolaryngology in Well Cornel College of Medicine-Qatar since 2016, and she is mentor and examiner in ACGME Accredited Arab Board Residency Program in ORL-HNS in Qatar as well as in medical college, University of Qatar. She had number of publications in many of reputed Journals and she is a member of different scientific and educational committees in Hamad Medical Corporation.


    Background: Cholesteatoma presents behind an Intact Tympanic Membrane (ITMC) and the underlying mechanism of its development is controversial. The aim of this presentation is to describe clinical features, pathogenesis (congenital versus acquired origin) and surgical results of adult patient affected by ITMC. Case report: Thirty-nine years old Pakistani female presented to Ear, Nose and Throat outpatient clinic in AlWakra Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar, suffered from right sided hearing impairment. The patient underwent myringotomy and grommet insertion on the same ear two years before in a private Hospital, and she attended regular follow-up till the grommet was dropped out. On examination there was a dull right tympanic membrane. Facial movements were intact and fistula test was negative. Audiometric test showed right-sided conductive hearing loss, around 40 dB on the speech frequency. CT scan of the temporal bone showed there was soft tissue density mass lesion occupying the right middle ear cavity (epitympanum and mesotympanum) destroying the bony ossicles, lateral wall of bony cochlea and lateral semicircular canal as well as the bony part facial canal. The tegmen tympani and tympanic membrane looks intact. Exploration of the right mastoid and middle ear showed cholesteatoma involving attic and aditus antrum. The stapes and incus were absent, there was erosion of lateral semicircular canal with fistula and destruction of bony canal of vertical part of facial nerve. Right-sided radical mastoidectomy with canal wall down procedure had been performed. The patient developed good postoperative recovery. Conclusion: ITMC in adults may have both congenital and acquired origin. In the above described patient, there is no clear evidence whether the cholesteatoma was congenital in origin or it might develop after grommet insertion.

  • Outcome of endoscopic management for high-grade subglottic stenosis in children
    Talal Al Khatib
    King Abdulaziz University
    Saudi Arabia

    Dr. Al-khatib is an associate professor at King Abdulaziz University and a practicing pediatric otolaryngologist in Jeddah of Saudi Arabia since 2012. He received his fellowship from the royal college of surgeons of Canada in 2010. He then subspecialized in pediatric otolaryngology working at the Royal Children’s hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Al-Khatib has more than 30 publications in peer reviewed journals and more than 40 presentations both national and internationally.


    Background: Subglottic stenosis is children a challenging condition to the otolaryngologist. High-grade subglottic stenosis (grades III, VI cotton Mayer grading) in which the tracheal narrowing is > 70 % have been treated traditionally with open techniques namely laryngotracheoplasty or cricotracheal resection. Recent advances in endoscopic management and success in treating low-grade stenosis has led surgeons to try endoscopic intervention for high grade stenosis. Currently there are no guidelines in regards to the number of endoscopic intervention needed to consider success. Objectives: To review endoscopic management of highgrade subglottic stenosis and the number of interventions required achieving decannulation. Methods: A five-year retrospective review of patients diagnosed with high grade subglottic (grades III & IV) stenosis treated endoscopically in comparison with same treatment for low grade stenosis at King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAUH), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Results: 37 of 46 subglottic stenosis classified as high grade subglottic stenosis. The mean rank of interventions among Grade III or IV was significantly greater than mean rank of grade I or II (p=0.001). Most of high-grade stenosis patients who were tracheostomy-dependent required open surgical technique to achieve decannulation. Conclusion: Open surgical techniques offer advantages for the cure of high-grade subglottic stenosis. Endoscopic intervention is effective when used for low-grade stenosis with low rate of revision.

  • Surgical techniques for the treatment of concha bullosa: A systematic review
    Esmail Abdulahi Ahmed
    Jijiga university college of medicine and public health

    A variety of surgical techniques are described to deal with symptomatic concha bullosa. According to this review, the most preferred technique is lateral laminectomy of the middle turbinate. There is no defined technique for surgery of concha bullosa the aim of this article was to review the literature and compare different techniques used for concha bullosa reduction. Our presentation of this article will be based on the findings we get while we where doing the review process describing embryology of middle concha, consequences of concha bullosa and indications for surgical intervention, different techniques used in surgery of concha bullosa, literature review comparing different techniques used in concha bullosa.

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