Head and Neck
Dr. Boozan offers a comprehensive approach for conditions relating to the head and neck using advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques. Dr. Boozan aims to provide care tailored to each patient’s individual needs, while engaging in research for future diagnosis and treatment.
Here’s a list of Head and Neck conditions we treat and services we offer:
- Salivary gland disease
- Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy
- Loss of smell or taste
- Bell’s Palsy – Facial nerve paralysis
- Tongue Tie (Ankyloglossia)
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)
The Temporomandibular Joint is the joint from your jaw to your temporal bone of your skull. When the muscles in your skull cause problems, you may have limited range of motion or lose motion in your jaw. This symptom and condition commonly known as TMJ, which is technically an acronym for the joint itself and not the disorder. Issues with the muscles that control the joint or the joint itself may cause TMD. Head and Neck injuries are believed to cause TMD, as well as behavioral actions such as clenching of the teeth. Arthritis may also contribute to TMD.
Head and Neck Cancer
There are many different types of cancer. These are a few of the more common forms of head and neck cancer
Salivary Gland Tumors
Tumors can involve the major salivary glands, particularly the parotid glands, which are situated just in front of the ear on the side of the face. The majority of parotid tumors are benign and rarely effect children. They are often discovered by accident, as this type of tumor shows no visible symptoms. However signs of malignancy may include a lump or growth on the gland, paralysis of the face and changes in skin color.
A malignant tumor on the voice box (Larynx) frequently occurs in middle aged people, who have a history of smoking and drinking alcohol. Lesions develop on the vocal cords (Glottis) and the upper part of the larynx, which is located above the vocal cords (Supraglottis). Cancerous cells grow from flat cells that are located on the surface of the throat / larynx (Squamous Cell Carcinoma). This is the most common type of malignant growth in the head and neck.
Cancer of the Mouth
Malignant growths from the thin flat cells that line the structures in the mouth (Squamous Cell Carcinoma) are the cause of all oral cancers. Oral cancer is widespread amongst smokers, people with high alcohol consumption and in patients with chronic dental infection.
Goiter and Thyroid Nodules
The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck just below, and either side of, the voice box (larynx). This gland produces hormones that help regulate our metabolism. These tumors usually appear as an isolated lump in the neck. Thyroid cancer is more common in women.
Cancer of the Nose and Paranasal Sinuses
Cancers of the nose and sinus are extremely rare. Symptoms arising from these tumors include nasal obstruction, bleeding from the nose, pain, and occasionally eye symptoms such as double vision, watering eye etc.