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Journal of Laryngology and Otology

A M O'Kane, C P Jackson, M Mahadevan, C Barber
BACKGROUND: Pachyonychia congenita is a rare keratinising disorder, which typically presents during the first three years of life and usually affects the nails and palmoplantar surfaces. It can involve the larynx and potentially result in life-threatening airway obstruction. METHODS: A case report is presented and the findings of a literature review are reported. The review involved a PubMed search using the keywords 'pachyonychia congenita' together with 'larynx', 'laryngeal involvement', 'laryngeal obstruction', 'airway obstruction', 'hoarseness' and/or 'stridor'...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
S Chawla, J Bowman, M Gandhi, B Panizza
BACKGROUND: The skull base is a highly complex anatomical region that provides passage for important nerves and vessels as they course into and out of the cranial cavity. Key to the management of pathology in this region is a thorough understanding of the anatomy, with its variations, and the relationship of various neurovascular structures to the pathology in question. Targeted high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging on high field strength magnets can enable the skull base surgeon to understand this intricate relationship and deal with the pathology from a position of relative advantage...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
A W Van Der Wal, P J A M Van Ooij, J A De Ru
OBJECTIVE: Sudden sensorineural hearing loss in divers may be caused by either inner-ear barotrauma or inner-ear decompression sickness. There is no consensus on the best treatment option. This study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic value of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for sudden sensorineural hearing loss in divers. METHOD: A literature review and three cases of divers with sudden sensorineural hearing loss treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy are presented. RESULTS: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy resulted in hearing improvement in 80 per cent of patients: 39 per cent had hearing improvement and 41 per cent had full recovery...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
M Bhutta, R Mandavia, I Syed, A Qureshi, R Hettige, B Y W Wong, S Saeed, J Cartledge
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain determinants of an interest in a career in ENT surgery through a survey of medical students and junior doctors. METHODS: A survey was administered, comprising Likert scales, forced response and single option questions, and free text responses, at five different courses or events for those interested in a career in ENT. RESULTS: The survey had an 87 per cent response rate; respondents consisted of 43 applicants for national selection, 15 foundation doctors and 23 medical students...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
E Carmel, J H Curotta, A T Cheng
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of pre- and post-admission antibiotic treatment in paediatric acute mastoiditis. DESIGN: Retrospective study. METHOD: Eighty-eight children with acute mastoiditis, from 2003 to 2012, were studied to investigate the effect of antibiotic therapy on short and long-term sequelae. RESULTS: The median period of antibiotic therapy immediately following hospital discharge was 10 days (range, 5-49 days; standard deviation = 7...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
A Thakar
BACKGROUND: Laboratory experiments indicate that changes in retinal image size result in adaptive recalibration or suppression of the vestibulo-ocular reflex. Myopia correction with spectacles or contact lenses also leads to retinal image size changes, and may bring about similar vestibulo-ocular reflex alterations. METHODS: A hypothesis-generating preliminary investigation was conducted. In this cross-sectional study, findings of electronystagmography including bithermal caloric testing were compared between 17 volunteer myopes using spectacles or contact lenses and 17 volunteer emmetropes (with no refractive error)...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
M J Polonenko, S L Cushing, K A Gordon, B Allemang, S Jewell, B C Papsin
OBJECTIVE: To compare stimulation parameters of peri-modiolar and anti-modiolar electrode arrays using two surgical approaches. METHODS: Impedance, stimulation thresholds, comfortably loud current levels, electrically evoked compound action potential thresholds and electrically evoked stapedial reflex thresholds were compared between 2 arrays implanted in the same child at 5 time points: surgery, activation/day 1, week 1, and months 1 and 3. The peri-modiolar array was implanted via cochleostomy in all children (n = 64), while the anti-modiolar array was inserted via a cochleostomy in 43 children and via the round window in 21 children...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
M Acar, N Bayar Muluk, S Yigitaslan, B P Cengiz, P Shojaolsadati, H Karimkhani, S Ada, M Berkoz, C Cingi
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to explore the effects of curcumin on experimental allergic rhinitis in rats. METHODS: Twenty-eight male Wistar albino rats were randomly divided into four groups: a control group; a group in which allergic rhinitis was induced and no treatment given; a group in which allergic rhinitis was induced followed by treatment with azelastine hydrochloride on days 21-28; and a group in which allergic rhinitis was induced followed by treatment with curcumin on days 21-28...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
L K Reckley, S A Song, E T Chang, B B Cable, V Certal, M Camacho
OBJECTIVE: To systematically search for studies reporting outcomes for adenoidectomy alone as a treatment for paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea and use the data to perform a meta-analysis. METHODS: Nine databases, including PubMed and Medline, were systematically searched through to 1 April 2016. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses statement was followed. RESULTS: A total of 1032 articles were screened and 126 full texts were reviewed...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
M Khalid-Raja, K Tzifa
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the activity of paediatric otolaryngology services required for children with Down's syndrome in a tertiary referral centre. METHODS: A review of the paediatric otolaryngology input for children with Down's syndrome was performed; data were obtained from the coding department for a two-year period and compared with other surgical specialties. RESULTS: Between June 2011 and May 2013, 106 otolaryngology procedures were performed on children with Down's syndrome...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
X-G Ni, Q-Q Zhang, G-Q Wang
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare the diagnostic effectiveness of narrow band imaging and autofluorescence imaging for malignant laryngopharyngeal tumours. METHODS: Between May 2010 and October 2010, 50 consecutive patients with suspected laryngopharyngeal tumour underwent endoscopic laryngopharynx examination. The morphological characteristics of laryngopharyngeal lesions were analysed using high performance endoscopic systems equipped with narrow band imaging and autofluorescence imaging modes...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
B Hitchcock, S Moynan, C Frampton, R Reuther, P Gilling, F Rowe
OBJECTIVES: To compare the microbiological efficacy, turnaround time, cost, convenience, and patient and user tolerance of Tristel Trio Wipes, PeraSafe solution and Cidex OPA solution for the high-level disinfection of flexible nasendoscopes. METHODS: Flexible nasendoscopes were used in routine clinical encounters. They were then disinfected with one of the three disinfectant methods. Surveillance cultures were taken before and after each disinfection process. Data relating to each of the study parameters were recorded...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
M B Avnstorp, P V F Jensen, T Dzongodza, N Matinhira, C Chidziva, J Melchiors, C Von Buchwald
BACKGROUND: In developing countries with limited access to ENT services, performing emergency cricothyroidotomy in patients with upper airway obstruction may be a life-saving last resort. An established Danish-Zimbabwean collaboration of otorhinolaryngologists enrolled Zimbabwean doctors into a video-guided simulation training programme on emergency cricothyroidotomy. This paper presents the positive effect of this training, illustrated by two case reports. CASE REPORTS: A 56-year-old female presented with upper airway obstruction due to a rapidly progressing infectious swelling of the head and neck progressing to cardiac arrest...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
N Nishio, Y Fujimoto, K Suga, Y Iwata, K Toriyama, K Takanari, Y Kamei, T Yamamoto, M Gotoh
OBJECTIVES: To verify the effectiveness and safety of the addition of adipose-derived regenerative cells to autologous fat injection therapy. METHODS: Unilateral vocal fold paralysis models were made by cutting the right recurrent laryngeal nerve in two pigs. At day 30, 0.5 ml adipose-derived regenerative cells mixed with 1 ml autologous fat was injected into the right vocal fold of one pig, with the other receiving 0.5 ml Ringer's solution mixed with 1 ml autologous fat...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
R H Easto, V Reddy
OBJECTIVES: To assess how much ENT experience regional general practitioner trainees received, both in their undergraduate and post-graduate training, and to establish if trainees felt they required further ENT training to manage ENT complaints. METHODS: An online survey was emailed to general practitioner trainees in Cornwall and Devon. RESULTS: Of 200 general practitioner trainees, 121 (60.5 per cent) responded to the survey. Of these respondents, 95...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Y Alimoglu, E Inci
OBJECTIVE: To investigate of the efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a salvage treatment after unsuccessful oral corticosteroid therapy. METHODS: Case notes of patients who were followed up because of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss between 2005 and 2011 in a tertiary care centre were examined retrospectively. Audiograms from before and after hyperbaric oxygen therapy were examined in terms of mean gains in pure tone average and at 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4 and 8 kHz...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
G Isaacson, D C Ianacone, A M S Soliman
OBJECTIVE: To develop an ovine model for teaching suspension laryngoscopy and phonosurgery. METHODS: The head and neck from 10 pre-pubescent sheep were harvested following humane euthanasia at the end of an in vivo protocol. No live animals were used in this study. The tissues were saline-perfused and refrigerated for 1-5 days. Suspension laryngoscopy was performed using adolescent Parsons and adult Kantor-Berci laryngoscopes suspended with a Benjamin-Parsons laryngoscope holder...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
A Mishra, V Singh, V Verma, S Pandey, R Trivedi, H P Singh, S Kumar, R C Dwivedi, S C Mishra
OBJECTIVE: A possible role of the APC/beta-catenin pathway in the pathogenesis of sporadic juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma has been suggested. This paper presents its current status and clinical association in our patients. METHOD: A prospective observational study was conducted at King George Medical University and Central Drug Research Institute, in Lucknow, India. Western blot analysis was undertaken in 16 cases to examine beta-catenin expression. The clinical details were recorded along with follow up observations, to determine associations...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
N Apaydin, S Çomoğlu, Y Özer, H Avci, H Eş, K S Orhan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate rhinology-related malpractice claims with the aim of optimising safe practice. METHODS: The database of the National Institute of Forensic Medicine was reviewed. In total, 241 otorhinolaryngology malpractice case reports dating from 2005 to 2012 were evaluated, and 83 malpractice cases related to rhinology treatments were separated. RESULTS: There was no significant difference between the number of male (n = 42) and female (n = 41) claimants...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
A Akyigit, Ş Yalcin, E Ö Etem, I Kaygusuz, T Karlidag, E Keles, Z B Celik, A Tektemur
BACKGROUND: This study investigated genetic polymorphisms affecting the inducible nitric oxide synthase, superoxide dismutase and catalase enzymes in chronic otitis media patients with and without tympanosclerosis, and the role of genetic susceptibility in the disease aetiology. METHODS: A total of 162 patients who underwent surgery for chronic otitis media were divided into two study groups: a tympanosclerosis group and a chronic otitis media group. A third, the control, group comprised 188 healthy volunteers...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
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