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PRODUCED BY AND FOR MEMBERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY October 2014 | Archived Issues

FDA Warns About Extended-Release Opioid Products

Pharmacy Focus

The federal Food and Drug Administration has added a boxed warning to long-acting extended-release opioid products, noting an increased risk of opioid addiction, abuse and misuse, potentially leading to overdose and death. Serious, life-threatening or fatal respiratory depression may occur.


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Surgery Grand Rounds

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Grand Rounds

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Educational Schedule

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Educational Schedule - October 2014 (PDF)

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Surgery Scheduling

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Minimally Invasive Surgery for Sinus, Skull-Base Tumors

An 8-year-old boy presented to the Cedars-Sinai otolaryngology, head and neck surgery clinic for a history of right-sided cheek fullness and bulging of his right eye, which had developed over the course of a few months. Examination revealed a sinonasal mass.

An urgent MRI was performed and demonstrated a massive tumor filling the right-side nasal cavity and the majority of the sinuses (figures A and B below). The mass was pushing his eye outward and directly abutted his intracranial cavity. A biopsy demonstrated schwannoma, a type of benign neural tumor.

Traditional surgery would entail large, disfiguring facial incisions to remove a tumor of this size and location. However, Arthur Wu, MD, a fellowship-trained endoscopic sinus and skull-base surgeon, and Moise Danielpour, MD, the Vera and Paul Guerin Family Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery, worked together to remove the entire tumor using minimally invasive endoscopic techniques through the nose and sinuses.

This spared the young patient from any facial incisions whatsoever. The patient also avoided a lengthy and complicated postoperative stay and went home after one night in the hospital. The patient has been followed and has been disease free for more than a year (figures C and D).

Gene Liu, MD, Arthur Wu, MD, Henry Chen, MD, and Allen Ho, MD, make up the pediatric ear, nose and throat surgery program. Together they provide compassionate and specialized care to the pediatric population.