- Mubarak Muhamed Khan MBBS,DLODNB (ENT), Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, MIMER Medical College, ConsultantOtolaryngologist, Sushrut ENT Hospital, Talegaon-D, Pune, Maharashtra, India
- Sapna Ramkrishna Parab MBBSMSDNB (ENT), Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, MIMER Medical College, Talegaon-D, Pune, Maharasthra, India
Otology is an intriguing subdiscipline of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery. Ear disorders are one of the commonest diseases encountered in ear, nose and throat practice. The correct diagnosis of ear diseases requires a thorough knowledge of the normal anatomy and its alteration in pathological conditions. Middle ear anatomy is quite complex. Rendering a concrete picture of middle ear using only words had been always a challenging task. The constant effort to solve the doubts of the students in the best possible way was the driving force behind this atlas. With this backup in mind, this comprehensive atlas was developed with lucid and relevant text which addresses normal and diseased state of tympanic membrane, ear canal and middle ear. The atlas consists of a total of 271 colored photographs obtained by using 4 mm zero degree sinuscope. The clarity and the optics of the endoscope give greater information of the ear conditions contrary to the traditional outpatient Bull’s lamp or otoscopic examination. Before discussing the pathological conditions of the external and the middle ear, we have detailed the description of the normal tympanic membrane along with its variations. The appearance of the tympanic membrane is altered in various acute and chronic conditions affecting the middle ear. The alteration in its color, surface, intactness and position has been well illustrated in this atlas. The highlight of the atlas is unique approach of Exploration of the middle ear contents through subtotal perforation and its vast collection of pre and post operative images of Cartilage Tympanoplasty. This atlas will definitely supplement the standard ENT textbooks for a further in depth pictorial depiction of the ear disorders and thus facilitate proper diagnosis for dispensing appropriate treatment for otological disorders. We believe that this atlas will definitely be of immense help not only to the undergraduate and the postgraduate students, the ENT fraternity but also to general practitioners who also get a regular share of ENT patients. It is an update for the specialist treating otological pathologies as it is a “photogallery” of clinical findings accumulated over a period of time.