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March 17, 1999

Internet Resources in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: From the Department of Otolaryngology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (Dr Rothschild), and the Bobby R. Alford Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, and Department of Computer Science, University of Houston, Houston, Tex (Dr Kuppersmith).


Edited by William M. Silberg, Editorial Director, Medical News and New Media Division, JAMA. Section Editors: Robert Sikorski, MD, PhD, and Richard Peters, MD, PhD.

JAMA. 1999;281(11):971-972. doi:10.1001/jama.281.11.971

The mother of a 6-year-old boy living in a rural area used the Internet to find a pediatric otolaryngologist who could see her child, who was suffering from progressive hoarseness. The child was examined, and a laryngeal papilloma was identified, leading to a series of laser surgeries. The mother and surgeon exchanged e-mails about the child's condition during his treatment, and the correspondence was entered in the medical chart. The mother also joined an online support group for parents of children with this condition. After the papilloma progressed to airway obstruction, the treating otolaryngologist performed a MEDLINE search and found a favorable initial report from a group using an experimental indole compound for patients unresponsive to conventional therapy. The child entered into a trial, and his condition was monitored through ongoing e-mail contact with the mother.

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