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Complaints involving the throat are the most common reason for visiting a physician. At Comprehensive ENT in Olney and Columbia, Maryland, we can provide a thorough evaluation of your throat in our office. Dr. Steven Shimoura can successfully treat both medical and surgical disorders of the throat.

Voice Care

Dr. Steven Shimoura provides comprehensive care of the voice. Your voice is the instrument you use to communicate to your friends, family, and co-workers. If that instrument isn't working, it affects everything you do.

Comprehensive ENT provides non-surgical and surgical remedies for common problems such as:  Care of the Professional voice user.

  • Hoarseness
  • Vocal nodules
  • Vocal polyps
  • Chronic cough
  • Vocal cancer
  • Weak voice
  • Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis
  • Vocal paralysis
  • Spasmodic dysphonia
  • Vocal cord dysfunction

Throat Care

Dr. Shimoura treats the full spectrum of throat disorders. Some of the most common diagnoses of the throat include:

Chronic Sore Throat

Chronic allergies, sinus infections, stomach reflux, and many other common disorders can result in chronic irritation of the throat. We identify and treat your specific causes.


Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils caused by a bacterial infection or a virus. Symptoms of acute or recurring tonsillitis include severe sore throat, fever, bad breath, difficulty swallowing / painful swallowing, and tender cervical lymph nodes. Sometimes patients may develop an abscess (collection of fluid) next to the tonsil that limits their ability to open their mouth.

Symptoms of acute tonsillitis usually resolve in three to four days. When a patient has multiple episodes of acute tonsillitis in a year, this is known as recurrent tonsillitis. Tonsillitis that lasts for longer than two weeks is known as chronic tonsillitis and can cause tonsil stones to form.

Tonsillitis is usually treated with antibiotics. However, a tonsillectomy (removal of the tonsils) may be necessary for chronic or recurrent tonsillitis. Tonsillectomy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure.

Enlarged Tonsils

Enlarged tonsils may cause snoring, mouth breathing, and sleep apnea. Tonsillectomy resolves these issues.

Mouth Ulcers and Tongue Inflammation

Viral and bacterial infections, vitamin deficiencies, and oral cancers can cause these complaints. We can help identify the cause and work to resolve these chronic issues.

Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)

Many patients may experience difficulty swallowing, painful swallowing, or a lump or pressure sensation in their throat. This may be from thyroid conditions, upper esophageal sphincter spasm (cricopharyngeal spasm), reflux, allergies or sinus infections, or other disorders. A thorough evaluation by Dr. Shimoura can lead to the correct diagnosis and treatment plan.

Salivary Gland Care

Patients may develop swelling, infection, or tumors in their salivary glands. These glands are found in the cheek and under the jaw on each side of the face. Dr. Shimoura will perform a thorough evaluation of these glands in our Olney or Columbia, Maryland ENT office to determine if a tumor is present.

Dr. Shimoura provides treatment for common conditions of the salivary glands including:

Salivary Gland Inflammation

The salivary gland may undergo recurring episodes of swelling related to poor hydration or medical disorders. Appropriate medical care can typically resolve this issue if no tumor or stone is present.

Salivary Gland Tumors

Benign and cancerous tumors may form in the salivary tissue. These typically present as slowly growing painless lumps in the cheeks near the ear. Removal of these tumors is performed as an outpatient procedure with detailed micro-surgical techniques to prevent injury to the delicate facial structures such as the facial nerve.

Salivary Gland Stones

Patients may develop stones in the salivary ducts. The stones cause blockage of the ducts with backup painful swelling of the salivary tissue. Most stones will pass with appropriate medical therapy. Removal of the affected salivary gland is sometimes necessary if the stones will not pass or tend to reform.

To schedule an appointment with our throat specialist, contact Comprehensive ENT at (301) 570-1333 in Olney, Maryland or (410) 740-0072 for our Columbia, Maryland office.