Author Archives: Robert Bastian
Registration is now open for Bastian Voice Institute’s 2013 speech-language pathology seminar, entitled “Spasmodic Dysphonia: A Comprehensive Discussion with Emphasis on Phenomenology.” This year’s course is set for the morning of Saturday, April 27. Faculty includes three BVI clinicians who work regularly with spasmodic dysphonia patients: Robert W. Bastian, M.D.; … Read the rest
Bastian Voice Institute is now on Twitter. Follow us at @bastianvoicedoc to receive selected excerpts from our growing set of encyclopedia entries, photos, and videos available at Bastian Medical Media, as well as alerts when we add new entries or multimedia. Our aim is to help more people with … Read the rest
November 3, 2012 – Persons with larynx or pharynx (voicebox or throat) cancer often undergo radiation therapy as part of their treatment regimen. An uncommon complication is stenosis (narrowing, scarring) of the entrance to the upper esophagus at the junction of throat and esophagus. We have added a short video … Read the rest
October 1, 2012 — Photos and videos on glottic sulcus have recently been added to the learning center, now hosted by Bastian Medical Media (http://bastianmedicalmedia.com). The encyclopedia article containing the recently added multimedia can be found here. The video can be watched here.… Read the rest
January brought a trip to Minneapolis to speak before members of the Minnesota Otolaryngologic society meeting; April included sitting on a panel at the American Laryngological Association meeting in Chicago; May was Merida, Mexico for lectures and panel discussions for their national Otolaryngology meetings; June included an invitation to be keynote speaker at the … Read the rest
Q: I have a low-risk subtype of HPV. Can you explain what this means?
A: The human papilloma virus (HPV) comes in 150 or more subtypes. Think of it like the many models of automobiles that all fall under the designation “Ford.” Subtypes found most often in the respiratory and genital tracts … Read the rest
Q: HPV apparently has different subtypes. What can you tell me about them?
A: Human papilloma virus infection can consist of as many as 150 different subtypes. Some are related to skin infection (causing warts). Some are more common in genital or respiratory sites. Genital lesions are typically called condylomata, … Read the rest
Q: What is the relationship between the terms RRP, HPV, and Papilloma?
A: The underlying disorder is HPV (human papilloma virus) infection of the airway, especially the larynx. The virus “sets up house” chronically inside airway and stimulates a kind of proliferation called papillomas, or papillomatosis. Because these lesions tend … Read the rest
Q: I’m told I have acid reflux, but how can that be if I don’t have heartburn?
A: It is possible to have an MI (heart attack) without any chest pain. In the same way, it is possible to have acid reflux up the esophagus without any heartburn. Beyond this, … Read the rest