Otolaryngology is a medical specialty concerned with the treatment of patients with diseases of ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. This includes disorders of salivary glands and thyroid gland, disorders of hearing, balance, swallowing, cancer of head and neck, smell disorders and polyps. Specialists in the field are called otolaryngologists. People also refer to otolaryngologist as ear, nose and throat doctor or an ENT for short.
Apart from medical management, many otolaryngologists are trained to perform surgeries including facial plastic surgery. They are able to apply both medical and surgical skills in the treatment of their patients. Facial plastic surgery is done to reconstruct the nose, ear jaws and facial area to restore function and appearance.
ENT specialists treat a diverse range of disorders of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck region for all persons, at all stages of life. They may treat people of all ages from newborn babies to elderly people.
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