Severe sinus symptoms don’t just limit your daily activities. They limit your everyday quality of life, making the times you
should enjoy impossible. Break free of sinus misery with Balloon Sinuplasty™—an advanced, minimally invasive sinus procedure—now offered in-office by Dr. Malis!
Chronic sinusitis is an inflammation of the sinus lining lasting three months or more, and is one of the most commonly diagnosed chronic illnesses. It is most commonly caused by bacterial, viral, and or microbial infections. Structural issues such as blockage of the sinus opening can also lead to chronic sinusitis. If the opening is closed, normal mucus drainage may not occur. This condition may lead to infection and inflammation of the sinuses.
September/October 2010: THE SPACE COAST HUMANITARIAN AWARDS were created to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need on the Space Coast—and around the world.
The Space Coast Humanitarian Awards committee selected Dr. David J. Malis as a 2010 honoree and was recognized during a Gala event on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place.
Due to his selection, Dr. Malis was featured in Space Coast Medicine Magazine and on CentralFloridaMedicine.com. Click here to view his article.
The Space Coast Humanitarian Awards are governed by representatives of the National Kidney Foundation, Brevard County Medical Society, Brevard Physicians Network, Brevard Association of Human Services and the Space Coast Medicine magazine Board of Directors.
Introducing Minimally Invasive Laryngopharyngeal Reflux (LPR)
Testing to the Space Coast
What is Airway Reflux?
GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is being increasingly identified in the United States with nearly 10% of the adult population experiencing heartburn on a daily basis. Gastroesophageal reflux occurs when the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) malfunctions, thereby allowing stomach acid to escape into the esophagus. When this reflux extends past the Upper Esophageal Sphincter (UES) into the upper airway, LaryngoPharyngeal Reflux (LPR) occurs.
When should LPR be suspected in Children?
Unlike adults, the manifestations of LPR in children are very variable, are based on age, and have required a high degree of suspicion by the physician. Infants and toddlers may have some “spitting up” that frequently results in nasal congestion, snoring, runny nose and repeated croup. Older children can have asthma that is not responding to traditional medications, repeated sinus infections, hoarseness, chronic cough, and bad breath. We have even identified some children with sleep apnea whose underlying problem was LPR. Until recently, readily available, minimally invasive, objective testing for LPR has not been available and many children with LPR have gone undiagnosed and have continued to suffer.
Although pain-free surgery is not currently possible, I am proud to bring to the Space Coast a new technology for removing the tonsils and adenoids that, in many patients, has been shown to reduce the amount of discomfort in the post-operative period; obviously, individual patient results will vary.