Dr. William Culviner

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Norwich, CT
32 years experience male

Locations

Eastern CT Ear, Nose, & Throat, PC

Colchester, CT

Address

121 Broadway, Colchester, CT
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Oxford Health Plans

ConnectiCare Health Plans

CIGNA Health Care

Golden Rule Insurance Company

Medicaid

Tricare

Office

Willimantic, CT

Eastern CT Ear, Nose, & Throat, PC

Willimantic, CT

Eastern CT Ear, Nose, & Throat, PC & The Center for Facial Cosmetics

Norwich, CT

About

Bio

I went to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine. Postgraduate training was pursued in General Surgery for one year, followed by three years of experience in submarine and diving medicine. An Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery residency was completed at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center in Washington, D.C and Bethesda, MD. This provided a very broad experience in all aspects of my specialty. My practice has been in Southeastern Connecticut for the last 12 years doing all aspects of Otolaryngology and Cosmetic Facial procedures.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

Licenses

United States: Connecticut

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

876 Answers
263 Agrees
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A member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Moisture: Epistaxis is common in everyone. 80% of people experience this in their lives. A common cause is dry, hot air like inside the home in the winter causi... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Sore nose: This sounds like abrasions from blowing your nose so much with superficial skin breakdown. There may be a mild superficial localized infection in th... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Possibly: Apple cider vinegar is acidic, so it is entirely possible it could irritate your throat when you swallow it, especially if you swallow it without dilu... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Absolutely: Tmj can definitely cause headaches in the temple and mid- facial zone. It can cause a sense of fullness in the ears, ringing in the ears, and general... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Biopsy: A tissue biopsy is necessary to diagnose this condition. Often, is can be done in the office setting with local anesthesia.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Difficult to say: Oral diagnosis often requires a careful physical exam and it's difficult to say. My suspicion is you are seeing a common thing called Fordyce granules... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
See both: The otolaryngologist is the physician and surgeon who should obtain a detailed history and examination of your condition. The audiologist should perfo... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Mini is less : A mini face lift uses much smaller incisions to target a specific area of the face. Sometimes the surgeon will use lighted scopes or endoscopes throug... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Depends: There are several types of ear infections. Inner, middle , and external or outer. You need to be specific when asking a question. The typical swimmer'... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Muffled hearing: Eustachian tube dysfunction after an upper respiratory illness can take a variable amount of time to recover. It could be one to three weeks in some c... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
After effects linger: It is possible to have a cold for 5-7 days, but to have lingering runny nose, postnasal drip, congestion of the nose, sinuses, and ears. If you are wo... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
NSAID : Sampter's triad is allergy to aspirin, asthma, and nasal polyps . Since diclofenac is an nsaid, similar to aspirin, you were probably advised not to ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Not any options: You can't usually do anything to permanently remove nose hair . It is a difficult area to access with a laser or intense pulsed light therapy. Talk wi... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Normal functions: When you swallow, you often hear a click in your ears because the eustachian tube opens and allows air from your upper throat into the middle ear to e... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Difficult to tell: In order to help you, you need to be more specific what exactly is your "nose" problem. Is it painful, draining, bleeding, congested, etc. A sinus inf... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: A bacterial sinus infection usually takes 7-10 days to develop. Now that it has been 3.5 weeks, this sounds most likely to be an infection. You should... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Food allergy : Sounds like you may have developed an allergy to something in the chocolate and the milk, as it is causing an itchy throat, chin, and scalp. There i... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Mucinex-D and Afrin (oxymetazoline): Try mucinex-d as long as you don't have blood pressure problems, for 7-10 days. It's is useful to use afrin nasal spray 2 sprays each nostril 2x a day... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Be more specific: What did you have done? Spinal fusion? Titanium is just that, it's a non ferromagnetic metal, so it doesn't affect airport screening devices or MRI s... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Choices exist : Claritin should work relatively quickly, but some antihistamines work better for some people than others. Zyrtec or Allegra can be tried as over the c... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Pretty routine: A variety of common symptoms occur which include pain, bloody mucus discharge, congestion in nose and sinuses, and crusting. The pressure behind the e... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Uncertain: It really depends on the size, location, and how difficult it may be to remove. Usually health insurance should cover things like this. You should see... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Vascular condition: You might have a condition called raynaud's disease, where cold can cause blood vessels in the fingers, toes, ears, and nose to constrict. There migh... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Do: Do the face lift first, then do Botox to quiet residual lines
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Doubtful: A mucus retention cyst in a sinus will not generally cause any symptoms. A mild deviated septum can cause nasal congestion, but not normally sinus con... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Fillers bulk lips: Yes, a lot can be done with injectable fillers to improve the appearance of the lips. I i would caution you that you are young and would not in genera... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Otolaryngologist : I am biased being this specialty, but this is definitely something we can evaluate and treat. Another option is to see a dermatologist . It likely nee... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Depends: Some people equate facial pressure or sinus pressure with a headache. This problem may be due to allergies or a sinus infection infection. This should... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Common: Epistaxis is common in everyone. 80% of people experience this in their lives. A common cause is dry, hot air like inside the home in the winter causi... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Lower the volume: Excessive volume on the headphones can cause a temporary drop in hearing that a young person may be able to recover from, but over time, the cumulativ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Difficult: It depends on how hard you were hit, where you were hit, and the type of filler used to some extent. However, it would be difficult to move the filler... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Follow prescription: This is something to discuss with the doctor who prescribed it. Often, antibiotics are prescribed for 7-10 days. It should be written on rx. If its no... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Tonsillitis: Tough to say because lacking detail of duration of symptoms. Suspect this is a viral tonsillopharyngitis affecting one tonsil more than the other . ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Depends : If it is the Allegra (fexofenadine) 12 hr formula, you take it twice daily and the 24 hr formula once a day, just as it says on the package. If you ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Depends: There are several types of ear infections. Inner, middle , and external or outer. You need to be specific when asking a question. The typical swimmer'... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Common: 80% of people experience this in their lives. A common cause is dry, hot air like inside the home in the winter, causing nasal dryness and crusting. T... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: A fiberoptic nasopharyngolaryngoscopic exam was done on you and it can be irritating and uncomfortable in the nose. It's an unpleasant side effect th... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Varies: This depends on the person sometimes, but from an ENT stance, dizziness is considered an off-balanced, off-kilter, light-headed or floaty sensation. T... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
More info : You need to give more information and be more specific for help with this. What does it look like, how long has it been this way, any symptoms, etc.
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Tinnitus: Important facts to know would be whether you have difficulty hearing or pain in addition to other symptoms. You may have fluid in the middle ear due t... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Do: Do not clean your toddlers ears with qtips, as you can inadvertently pack wax deeper into the canal.
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A female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: That is not a problem.
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A 73-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Not easy to say: Meet with your doctor to see whether it is a URI (cold) or a true sinus infection. If not allergic to penicillin, Amoxicillin or Augmentin (amoxicill... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Probably not: This is a very common problem. Most people can manage the condition by frequent gargling with listerine or hydrogen peroxide, gently brushing over the... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Reconsider diagnosis: If you have been dx'd with LPR and rx'd with twice daily Aciphex (rabeprazole) for a year and still have sx's, then it's time to consider other probl... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Probably not: Amoxicillin is dosed every 8 hours or every 12 hours. It depends on how your prescription was written. At any rate, if you dosed at 4 pm, you need t... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Can use older : If your situation has been stable from a sinus perspective, usually a scan from a couple months ago can be used. It is up to your surgeon, but your si... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Not necessarily: A 7 mm thyroid nodule is considered well under the 1 cm size at which we start to be more concerned. The endocrinologist didn't even see one when you ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Possible, uncommon: You are describing what may be construed as laryngospasm. Your vocal cords can paradoxically adduct(close) and cause an abrupt shortness of breath. Th... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Culviner
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 32 years experience
Probably: It is usually a chronic condition exacerbated by certain food, stress, or hormonal influences in women (menstruating). Foods can include spicy foods,... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Culviner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Culviner is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 20, 2016
Great Doctor, very clear to understand and very helpful
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Oh there's way more bizarre symptoms the most scary being mind jolts & the way my face has changed over the past yr+ on right side what ever it is I can feel it it's awf...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thx for taking the time Doc. I figured this was a complex issue. Hoping for the miracle answer.. thx for narrowing down the specialist to c
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I was in a fight was put in a headlock and push into my bed face down. When got up saw a black eye.didn't even feel getting hit in the eye though...

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

National Naval Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctor, Second Place, Hartford, CT - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Hartford, CT - Winter
2013
Top Otolaryngologist, Second Place, Connecticut - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
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