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October 7, 2015 / drjamesfreije

What Conditions Do Otolaryngologists Treat?

A graduate of SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Dr. James Freije underwent extensive postgraduate training to become a board-certified otolaryngologist. Dr. James Freije currently sees patients at Mount Nittany Physician Group and Mount Nittany Medical Center. The medical specialty of otolaryngology is concerned with conditions affecting the head and neck.

Otolaryngologists must undergo at least five years of training upon earning their medical degrees, after which they are equipped to help preserve vision, hearing, smell, and speech when these vital senses are threatened by disease or trauma. While primarily concerned with helping treat disease and restore the functionality of head and neck structures, otolaryngologists are also specially trained to give patients the best possible cosmetic appearance after treatment.

Ear conditions treated by otolaryngologists include infections, tinnitus, and balance disorders as well as congenital ear abnormalities. Otolaryngologists are also trained to care for the sinuses and nasal cavities, treating everything from allergies to structural problems that inhibit breathing and sinus drainage. Diseases of the throat, including tumors in the larynx and esophagus, are also the domain of the otolaryngology specialist.

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