The complexity of the human body is something that is extremely difficult to understand, especially without a lot of time and research on the subject. Even the smallest parts of the body, like cells for example, are insanely intricate and tough to truly comprehend.
How, then, does one begin to break down the structure and complex processes of an even larger network of body parts, like the ear, nose and throat system? With a little bit of research, an individual can gain a pretty firm grasp on some of the main concepts concerning ENT anatomy.
There are a series of complex networks that run between the ears, nose and throat. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage to human beings. The fact that all of these parts are so intricately connected means that they all function together as one in a way. When one of these body parts has an infection or a problem, it is likely that the other parts are somehow involved. It is rare that only the ears will be experiencing difficulties and not the nose or throat as well.
However, this complicated system also allows for ease of diagnosis for many doctors. When a patient comes in to a clinic complaining of sinus pain, an earache, or a sore throat, the physician automatically knows where to search for the problem. Because doctors know that the ear, nose and throat are closely intertwined, they can run all of the necessary tests on each of these parts to determine a cause of the patient’s issues. It is much easier for a doctor to figure out how an earache and a sore throat are connected than how to relate a stiff neck and an achy kidney because the ENT system is much more closely connected.
There are many different things that can go wrong when dealing with this group of body parts. The most common illnesses seen within this system are several kinds of infections. All sorts of bacteria and viruses can infect each one of these parts. Fortunately, most of these infections are not life threatening and can be cured easily. However, there are also many more severe ailments that can affect the ears, nose and throat. Cancer is one of these. Sadly, when cancer strikes one part of this system, it is likely to progress quickly to the other parts as well, making it quite difficult to treat.
If you would like to book a consultation to see Dr. Michael Barakate, our ear, nose and throat surgeon to discuss any concerns you may have, please contact ENT Clinic Sydney on 1300 123 368.