Our medical staff are trained in the
very latest techniques &
offer a wealth of knowledge & experience in their respective disciplines
Our medical staff are trained in the
very latest techniques &
offer a wealth of knowledge & experience in their respective disciplines

Dr. Houssam Tohme – ENT

Dr. Houssam Tohme
Dr. Houssam Tohme

Department: Surgery

Specialties: Ear,Nose and Throat  consultant (Otorhinlaryngologist)

Interests: Expert in all ENT surgical procedures with special interests in nasal/sinus surgeries and nasal cosmetic surgery (rhinoplasty)

Education and Fellowships

Dr. Tohme holds a Bachelor of Biology and diploma of Medicine from the American university of Beirut (AUB).

Specialty of Otolaryngology/head and neck surgery  from American university of Beirut in 1999.

Dr. Tohme Attended many international nasal/sinus surgery meetings and courses with prominent ENT figures including Dr. Heinz Stammberger in Graz, Austria and many others.

Fourteen (14) years of postgraduate experience in the field of ENT ,treating medical cases and surgically operating on indicated ones.

Member of the American academy of otolaryngology /head and neck surgery.

Languages: Arabic ,English and French

Dr. Houssam Tohme

Our Services

What are Sinuses?

Sinuses are air pockets or cavities connected to the nose through small openings called Ostia.

There are four (4) pairs of sinuses in the head that assist in controlling temperature and humidity of the air reaching the lungs.

What is Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)?

It is an inflammation of Sinuses lining leading to nasal congestion, headache, nasal discharge, fatigue and facial pain.

It can follow a cold or can be secondary to allergy in the nose and structural deformities like septal deviation, enlarged turbinates and nasal polyps.

Treatment

Properly diagnosed Sinus infection needs antibiotics, nasal sprays and decongestant. If not controlled with medications or when Sinus Infection becomes chronic, CT Scan of Sinuses is ordered and Sinus surgery might be needed.

Anatomy of the Ear

The Ear is divided into 3 parts: External, middle and inner ear.

Its function is to allow us to hear and maintain balance.

Ear infections mostly occur in external and middle ears.

Otitis Externa (Swimmer’s ear)

Symptoms include exquisite ear ache, blocked ear, ear discharge and typically follows after swimming or cleaning the ear canal with cotton buds.

Treatment: Includes ear drops, pain killers and possible antibiotics.

Otitis Media (Infection of middle ear)

Symptoms are ear ache, blocked ears, reduced hearing, and possible fever.

It is typically preceded by common cold.

Treatment: Includes antibiotics and pain killer

What is Nasal Septum?

Nasal Septum is a partition in the nose separating the right and left nasal cavities.

What is Septal Deviation (SD) ?

It is bowing of the septum to one side causing nasal obstruction, headache and recurrent sinus infection.

Causes of Septal Deviation?

Most of cases of SD are secondary to trauma to the nose, can be genetic as well.

Diagnosis and Management:

SD can be diagnosed by Radiologic study or endoscopy.

Management is primarily a surgical procedure that can be combined with Sinus Surgery and nasal cosmetic surgery if needed.

Pediatric ENT Problem

Children can have the following conditions that would require an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician to properly diagnose and give the right treatment.

Tonsillitis:

It is a throat infection causing sore throat, fever, inability to eat or swallow due to pain.

Treatment: Antibiotic and pain killer (relief) medications.

Adenoid Enlargement:

This condition is marked with snoring, nasal blockage, mouth breathing, and occasionally sleep apnea especially if the tonsils and Adenoid are enlarged.

Management: Surgical Removal of Adenoids (Adenoidectomy)

Ear Infection (Otitis Media)

Otitis Media can be Acute or Chronic.

Acute Otitis Media causes ear ache and fever

Treatment: Antibiotic and pain killer (relief) medications.

Chronic Otitis Media (Glue Ear) causes hearing loss that can be documented with a special test.

Management: Insertion of Grommet Tubes (ventilation tubes) to restore hearing.

Snoring & Upper Airway Obstruction

Snoring is a sound produced by the vibrations of the tissues of the nose and throat on breathing during sleep. Snoring is more common in men than women, and may increase with advancing age.

Normally when we breathe, air flows in and out in a steady flow from nose or mouth to lungs. But during sleep the area at the back of the throat, nose or mouth may get narrowed and when the air passes through this narrow opening the surrounding tissues vibrate producing sounds of snoring.

The most common cause of snoring is nasal passage obstruction caused from nasal septum deviation, allergies, sinus infections, swollen turbinates (nasal concha) and enlarged tonsils. It may also be seen in children who breathe through their mouth.

Certain medications and alcohol increase the relaxation of the muscles of the palate, tongue, neck, and pharynx leading to smaller airway and greater tissue vibration resulting in snoring. Snoring can also be a sign of sleep disorders or other sleep related breathing problems.

Your doctor evaluates snoring by taking a completed medical history and by physical examination. You may be asked about your snoring and sleep pattern and sleep problems. Body mass index (BMI) and neck circumference are estimated. Physician may examine throat, nasal and oral cavities to determine narrow oral and nasal passages. If sleeping problem is suspected then a sleep study can be performed.

Your doctor will decide about the treatment option for your child. Treatment options for snoring include non-surgical and surgical treatment.

Call this number 02 613 3999 to book your appointment.