Stridor is not a diagnosis but a physical sign of turbulent airflow. This type of noisy breathing occurs when there is an obstruction to breathing in (inspiratory stridor) or out (expiratory stridor) and may be present during both day and night. It is most commonly due to inflammatory conditions of the upper respiratory tract. Because an infant’s larynx is only one-third the size of an adults, stridor and airway problems are more frequent in this age group. Worsening or severe stridor is a medical emergency often requiring urgent treatment in hospital.
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
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Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.