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ENT Specialist, Head & Neck Surgeon,Bangalore
Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal

ENT Health Articles

Impact of GERD or Acid Reflux or LPR

Posted on January 15, 2011 at 9:45 AM

What is GERD or LPR?

GERD means Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease - Here acid from the stomach refluxes back into the fod pipe[ oesophagus] and produces the common symptom of heartburn which all of us have experienced at one time or the other

LPR means Laryngo-pharyngeal Reflux- Here acid from the stomach refluxes back into the fod pipe[ o...

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What is Acid Reflux?

Posted on July 13, 2010 at 11:43 PM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal,ENT Surgeon,Head and Neck Specialist,Bangalore

To understand what is meant by acid reflux I shall first explain to you what  normally occurs in the body

What happens to the food we eat?

When we eat food  it is broken into small bits in the mouth and the initial stages of digestion start by the action of the  sa...

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Bad Breath - Causes and Cures

Posted on July 3, 2010 at 5:05 AM

Bad Breath- Causes and Cures

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

The cause of the bad breath [medically called halitosis] may lie in the

  • Mouth
  • Nose and Sinuses
  • Other parts of body

Causes of Bad breath

Cause of Bad Breath in the Mouth

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Teeth[Dental] origin- decayed teeth,food between teeth
  • Dentures
  • Gum disea...
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Head and Neck Cancer

Posted on June 30, 2010 at 5:39 AM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Head and neck cancers account for 3- 10 % of cancers worldwide but in the Indian Subcontinent it accounts for upto 45 % of cancers. Worldwide the occurence of these cancers is increasing.Awareness of the signs and symptoms goes a long way in early detection and cure.

What all cancers are the main head and neck cancers?

1. Voice box[ larynx]

2.Nose ,sinuses, nasopharynx[ at back of ...

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Tonsillectomy

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:38 AM

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

What is a Tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy is a procedure done to remove the tonsils situated on the side of your throat.

Though there are many reasons your doctor may advise you to remove the tonsils ,the international guidelines  in majority situations are:-

Absolute indications[Compulsory removal]

◦Enlarged tonsils that cause upper airwa...

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Tonsillitis- Do you have tonsillitis?

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:33 AM

Tonsillitis- Do you have tonsillitis?

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

 

Tonsillitis is inflammation of the pharyngeal tonsils[at the sides of the throat]. The inflammation may extends to the adenoids [lymphoid tissue at the back of the nose]and the lingual tonsils[lymphoid tissue at the back of the tongue and is then referred to as pharyngitis.

It can affect adults and children

Infection may be bacter...

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Vocal cord Lesions

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:30 AM

Vocal cord Lesions

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

What are Vocal Cord Lesions?

Vocal cord lesions are abnormal masses which have developed within or along the margin of the vocal cords .They affect the voice by altering the vibration of the vocal cords.

What are the common Vocal Cord Lesions?

• Vocal nodules

• Vocal polyps

• Vocal cord cysts

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Cancer Voicebox [Larynx]

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:27 AM

Cancer Larynx [voice box]

What are the risk factors for cancer larynx?

• Smoking

• Alcohol Intake

• Acid reflux [Laryngopharyngeal reflux]

• Radiation

• Other: viral [HPV], certain occupational

Are men affected more than women in cancer larynx?

Yes men are affected 4 times more than women though the incidence in women has ...

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Voice Care-Tips to Keep your voice healthy

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:24 AM

Voice care-How to Keep Your Voice Healthy

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

 

  • Drink enough water. Moisture is essential to keep your vocal cords well lubricated.
  • Do not shout or scream.These are vocal abusive practices which put a lot of strain on the lining of your vocal cords.
  • Warm up your voice before heavy use such as in singing, teaching a class, preaching, or giving a speech. Warm-ups can...
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Voice

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:20 AM

Voice

By Dr Sonia Suprabha Venugopal, ENT Specialist Bangalore

Our voice is produced by the vibration of the vocal cords caused by air passing out through the voice box [larynx] bringing the cords closer together.

 

Proper care and use of your voice improves the likelihood of having a healthy voice for your entire lifetime.

How Do I Know If I Have A Voice Problem?

• Change in quality of voice- voice sounds harsh o...

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