Potsic WP, Cotton RT, Handler SD, Zur KB, eds. Surgical Pediatric Otolaryngology. 2nd ed. Thieme; 2016; 694 pp; 900 ill; $169.99
Surgical Pediatric Otolaryngology, edited by William P. Potsic, Robin T. Cotton, Steven D. Handler, and Karen B. Zur, is the second edition of this textbook dedicated to the surgical procedures involved it the Pediatric Otolaryngology subspecialty. The first edition, published in 1997, has been an essential tool for most pediatric otolaryngologists. This new edition helps brings updated information involving new technology that has made routine procedures more effective as well as advancements in tech, particularly in the field of hearing. The surgical procedures explained include the surgical protocols used by 24 other faculty members at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Cincinnati Children’s hospital.
The textbook is divided into 8 different sections. Each section begins with highlights regarding the disease processes covered. The first section encompasses ear surgical procedures for chronic otitis media, congenital malformations, trauma, hearing restoration with cochlear implants, and bone anchor hearing aids. An additional chapter on perilymphatic fistula management was surprising due to the rare nature of this entity. The second section deals with problems of the nose, including the management of nasal deformities and trauma, tumors of the nasal cavity, and repair of nasal stenosis, including choanal atresia. This section contrasts the endoscopic versus open approaches for the surgical management of narrowing of the nasal passages. The endoscopic portion provides key instruments that can ease the surgical process.
The next section of the atlas encompasses the surgical management of tumors in addition to structural and functional problems of the nasopharynx, oral cavity, and oropharynx, particularly the management of nasopharyngeal angiofibroma, where it provides a thorough explanation on endoscopic assisted techniques. Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy procedures are discussed using multiple surgical techniques and advancements in …
Towbin R, Baskin KM, eds. Pediatric Interventional Radiology. Cambridge University Press; 2015; 493 pp; 692 ill; $175.00
Pediatric interventional radiology is a unique subspecialty that bridges pediatric radiology and adult interventional radiology. Children have a unique set of pathology and challenges when compared to adults; children are not just small adults. Pediatric Interventional Radiology provides a comprehensive overview of this unique subspecialty, perfect for the trainee or radiologist whose practice encounters pediatric patients in need of a procedure.
The first chapter provides a great introduction and approach to pediatric interventional radiology. This section includes many pediatric-specific details, which would be useful for anyone performing pediatric procedures or fluoroscopy, not just the pediatric interventionalists. For example, in the absence of underlying pathology, routine labs are not always required prior to a pediatric procedure. There is a detailed discussion of analgesia and sedation in the pediatric patient, along with the weight-based doses and reversal agents, which is a very useful reference for any practitioner performing pediatric cases with sedation. There are specifics on how to minimize radiation while optimizing imaging, which is always key for pediatric imaging. Also included in the introduction is a thorough list of suggested equipment for a pediatric ready angiography suite, such as smaller French catheters and wires.
The book includes helpful photographs of images demonstrating techniques and devices. However, that being said, some of the images leave something to be desired. Not all of the images are appropriately cropped or windowed, making it difficult to see the finding. On occasion, an arrow was chosen in a color very close the background, making the reader search the image. A few older images appeared grainy and not what you would expect in a publication. The figure captions provided good detail but were not always on the same page …