Consultant Profile

Professor Henry Pau

Professor Henry Pau MD, MBChB, FRCS Ed, FRCS Ed (ORL - HNS), FRCS
Practicing at:
Spire Leicester Hospital
  • Ear, nose and throat
    • Balance disorders
    • Hearing loss
    • Otology
    • Paediatric otolaryngology
    • Rhinology
Special clinical interests:

Paediatric ENT, ear diseases, deafness, dizziness, snoring, sore throat, nasal and sinus diseases, hoarseness, and pinning of prominent ears.

Research interests:

Genetic deafness and stem cell.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant ENT Surgeon, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Leicester University Medical School
Honorary Professor, Loughborough University

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Cited in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who's Who in the World

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Member of The British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists, Head and Neck Surgeons
Member of the British Association of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0116 265 3685
Private secretary:
Mrs Val Painting
Private secretary telephone number:
0116 265 3014
Private secretary fax:
0116 272 9009
Private secretary email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Professor Pau graduated from Leicester Medical School in 1994. He started his surgical training in Leicester and completed it in Liverpool. During his training, he undertook a higher degree (MD) in genetic deafness and balance disorders at the Medical Research Council-Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham. He has undertaken special paediatric ENT training at Alder Hey Children's Hospital for eighteen months. He spent a year in Sydney, Australia, training in balance disorders, bone anchored hearing aids, cochlear implantation and skull base surgery.

Professor Pau is citied in Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who's Who in the World for his achievements in Medicine and Research. He specialises in all aspects of Paediatric and Adult Ear Nose and Throat Surgery and Balance Disorders (Dizziness/vertigo) and his special interests include grommets and glue ears, deafness, dizziness (vertigo), ear diseases, nasal blockage, allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis, sinus diseases, snoring, soar throat and tonsillitis and hoarseness

Personal profile:

Professor Pau was born in Hong Kong in 1970. He completed his secondary education at Uppingham School in Rutland before going to Leicester University. He has two children and considers fatherhood as his greatest achievement. He tries to play a bit of golf and football when he gets the time.

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Professor Henry Pau

Professor Henry Pau Ear, nose and throat Consultant, Leicester, private hospital specialist.

Professor Henry Pau

Professor Henry Pau is a Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon who practices at Spire Leicester Hospital and the University Hospitals of Leicester. He has written several book chapters and published numerous papers in international medical journals. His biography is published in "Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare" and "Who's Who in the World".

Dizziness and Balance Disorders

"Dizziness" or "vertigo" means a sensation of spinning and is a common medical problem. It is usually caused by inner ear diseases such as Meniere's Disease but occasionally can be due to brain disorders including multiple sclerosis. Some dizzy patients present with other symptoms including deafness, tinnitus, spinal problems, headaches and visual disturbances. When assessing patients with balance problems, one should be clear on how the patient feels exactly. Some patients may describe "dizziness" as being light headed and these patients are more likely to have heart, blood pressure or blood vessel diseases. Dizziness can affect all groups but it is more common in adults.

Vertigo caused by inner ear diseases

Meniere's Disease

This condition was first described by a French Physician, Dr.Prosper Meniere, in 1861. Patients typically present with vertigo, fluctuating deafness, tinnitus and a sensation of fullness in the ear. This can be a very disabling condition and is thought to be caused by excessive fluid in one of the chambers within the inner ear. Initial treatment should concentrate on reducing the fluid by restricting salt and caffeine intake and using diuretics and vasodilators. Should medical treatments fail, depending on the severity and nature of the individual's condition and hearing levels, some patients may require surgery including grommet insertion, saccus decompression (reducing pressure in the inner ear by complex ear surgery) and chemical labyrinthectomy using gentamicin and steroids (injections into the ear).


Any viral illness including a common cold could cause labyrinthitis. Patients experience severe vertigo and nausea, and treatment should include fluid support and a short course of labyrinthine sedatives like stemetil.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPPV)

BPPV is caused by loose calcified crystals within the inner ear which can be a result of whiplash injuries, head injuries or viral infection of the inner ears. Symptoms of transient vertigo, which normally last for a few seconds, are brought on by movements of the head especially when patient is lying flat. Treatment is normally by Epley manoeuvre, a form of physiotherapy and very rarely, patients may require surgery.

Vertigo caused by central/brain disorders

Vestibular Migraine

This is a rare form of migraine presenting with aura, headache, photophobia and vertigo and can be treated successfully by anti-migraine tablets.


When the patient's symptoms are unusual or one-sided, an MRI scan of the brain should be performed to exclude central problems including acoustic neuroma, multiple sclerosis and other brain lesions.

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