Doctor Finds Grill Brush Bristle Lodged in Woman’s Throat for Months
A single hotdog bite landed Linda Pelham in the hospital unable to breathe, speak or swallow. After six months of agony, Michigan Medicine physicians discovered a wire grill brush bristle stuck in her throat.
The Musician's Body
Professional musicians are athletes. That’s not just a metaphor—at least not for the speech pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, laryngologists, vocal coaches, and other providers who care for them at Michigan Medicine.
Still Singing After Palate Cancer Diagnosis
After being diagnosed with cancers of the palate and thyroid, professional singer Jerry Garcia knew he was going to risk his career in order to save his health and life.
Rare Disease Prompts Patient to Become Advocate
Dan Nagridge came to the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery for what he believed to be sleep apnea. His surprise chordoma diagnosis prompted him to get involved with research in chordoma and other types of skull base cancer.
An ENT Nurse Finds Joy in Helping Others Around
Bianca Waller, R.N. discovered her passion was working as a surgical nurse in otolaryngology. When she was offered the opportunity to be part of the recent educational collaboration in Kumasi, Ghana, she found joy in educating other medical professionals abroad.
Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) Provides Advanced Surgical Options
Jennifer Seifferly, an adjunct professor at Saginaw Valley State University, noticed a burning sensation in her throat whenever she swallowed acidic foods and drinks. Learn how our head and neck surgery team used TORS to help Jennifer get back into the classroom.
Taming a Medical Zebra
Pamela Klusack is in the business of love. She performs weddings, leading happy couples into wedded bliss. So when a tickle in her throat and dry cough began to impact her work, she didn’t hesitate to see her doctor. Learn how our Vocal Health Center helped Pamela return to her profession.
Team Tackle: Combatting Cancer Together
For Mary "Cookie" Wimmer, early detection of a sinonasal carcinoma, diagnosis, and referral to a subspecialist by her ENT expedited her treatment and saved her life.
The Voice I Hear
Tired of being asked if she was sick or a heavy smoker because of her raspy voice, Sekai Ward sought treatment at the University of Michigan.
Christina, the Singer
Christina Swanson, a vocal performance major, rediscovered her confidence and passion when she regained her voice.
Regaining a Voice
Barbara carried an undiagnosed voice disorder with her for almost forty years before she sought the expertise of medical professionals at the U-M Vocal Health Center.
Removing a Teen's Baseball Sized Tumor a Team Effort
A rare, highly vascular tumor put one teen through two intense surgeries. Its genetic link, U-M doctors found, also put his family at risk.