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Nese Celebisoy
HINTS battery involving head impulse test (HIT), nystagmus, and test of skew is the critical bedside examination to differentiate acute unilateral peripheral vestibulopathy from posterior circulation stroke (PCS) in acute vestibular syndrome (AVS). The highest sensitivity component of the battery has been reported to be the horizontal HIT, whereas skew deviation is defined as the most specific but non-sensitive sign for PCS. Video-oculography-based HIT (vHIT) may have an additional power in making the differentiation...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Yuan Liang, Qi Peng, Kangwei Wang, Pengyuan Zhu, Chunqiu Wu, Chunbao Rao, Jiang Chang, Siping Li, Xiaomei Lu
OBJECTIVES: To identity the genetic causes of hearing loss in a Han Chinese family with enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome. METHODS: Multiplex PCR technology combined with Ion Torrent™ next-generation sequencing technology was used to search for pathogenic mutations. A group of 1500 ethnically-matched normal hearing subjects screened for mutations in deafness-related genes using the same method in previously studied were included as a control. RESULTS: The proband and his little sister suffered from typical features of sensorineural hearing loss with enlarged vestibular aqueduct (EVA)...
April 2018: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Amey R Savardekar, Devi P Patra, Jai D Thakur, Vinayak Narayan, Nasser Mohammed, Papireddy Bollam, Anil Nanda
OBJECTIVE Total tumor excision with the preservation of neurological function and quality of life is the goal of modern-day vestibular schwannoma (VS) surgery. Postoperative facial nerve (FN) paralysis is a devastating complication of VS surgery. Determining the course of the FN in relation to a VS preoperatively is invaluable to the neurosurgeon and is likely to enhance surgical safety with respect to FN function. Diffusion tensor imaging-fiber tracking (DTI-FT) technology is slowly gaining traction as a viable tool for preoperative FN visualization in patients with VS...
March 2018: Neurosurgical Focus
Jorge Rey-Martinez, Angel Batuecas-Caletrio, Eusebi Matiño, Gabriel Trinidad-Ruiz, Xabier Altuna, Nicolas Perez-Fernandez
Background: Visually enhanced vestibulo-ocular reflex (VVOR) is a well-known bedside clinical test to evaluate visuo-vestibular interaction, with clinical applications in patients with neurological and vestibular dysfunctions. Owing to recently developed diagnostic technologies, the possibility to perform an easy and objective measurement of the VVOR has increased, but there is a lack of computational methods designed to obtain an objective VVOR measurement. Objectives: To develop a method for the assessment of the VVOR to obtain a gain value that compares head and eye velocities and to test this method in patients and healthy subjects...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Joel C Glover, Karen L Elliott, Albert Erives, Victor V Chizhikov, Bernd Fritzsch
Wilhelm His (1831-1904) provided lasting insights into the development of the central and peripheral nervous system using innovative technologies such as the microtome, which he invented. 150 years after his resurrection of the classical germ layer theory of Wolff, von Baer and Remak, his description of the developmental origin of cranial and spinal ganglia from a distinct cell population, now known as the neural crest, has stood the test of time and more recently sparked tremendous advances regarding the molecular development of these important cells...
February 12, 2018: Developmental Biology
Gianlorenzo Dionigi, Che-Wei Wu, Ralph P Tufano, Antonio Giacomo Rizzo, Angkoon Anuwong, Hui Sun, Paolo Carcoforo, Cancellieri Antonino, Mattia Portinari, Hoon Yub Kim
This video aimed to describe the role of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) during transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy vestibular approach (TOETVA) with emphasis given to IONM technical and technological notes, the identification of recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN). Standardized technique of IONM consist in identifying and monitoring both the vagus nerve and the RLNs before and after resection (V1, V2, R1, R2). According to this report, IONM during TOETVA is feasible and safe in providing identification and function of laryngeal nerves...
2018: Journal of Visualized Surgery
Kai Witzel, Tahar Benhidjeb, Cornelia Kaminski, Franz G Messenbaeck, Michael Weitzendorfer
PURPOSE: Cosmetic advantages and minimally invasive aspects become more and more important for patients undergoing thyroidectomy. We report on our personal experience and conceptual design in dealing with approaches to the thyroid gland, which we were the first to describe. We report on ideas and experiences concerning its implementation. METHODS: Our own experiences and considerations in the process of finding an endoscopic minimally invasive access in thyroidectomy are compared in a systematic review with the available literature on minimally invasive or endoscopic thyroid surgery...
February 1, 2018: Endocrine
Filippo Del Curto, Carlo Massimo Saratti, Ivo Krejci
Since the first introduction of the Cerec system (Sirona) in the early 1980s, the use of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) technology has spread widely in modern adhesive dentistry. Thanks to this innovative technology, it has been possible to carry out chairside restorations fully managed by the clinician, with the advantages of lower costs for the patient, more rapid execution of the restorations, and the exclusion of the provisional phase. With further improvements in chairside technologies and materials, specifically in the field of composite resin blocks, it is now possible to fabricate multiple ultrathin, minimally invasive or even noninvasive restorations in one single appointment...
2018: International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry
Andrea Ciorba, Piotr Henryk Skarżyński, Virginia Corazzi, Chiara Bianchini, Claudia Aimoni, Stavros Hatzopoulos
A number of electrophysiological tests have been proposed for the initial diagnostic assessment or for the follow-up phase of patients affected by Ménière disease. The most common are: (i) vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs); (ii) electrocochleography (ECochG); and (iii) otoacoustic emissions (OAEs). This paper presents the latest clinical developments with these 3 testing modalities. The PubMed, Embase, and Cinahl databases were searched from 2006 to December 2016. Full-text articles were obtained in cases where the title, abstract, or key words suggested that the study may be eligible for this review...
December 28, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Lara A Thompson, Csilla Haburcakova, Adam D Goodworth, Richard F Lewis
Quantitative animal models are critically needed to provide proof-of-concept for the investigation of rehabilitative balance therapies (e.g., invasive vestibular prostheses) and treatment response prior to, or in conjunction with, human clinical trials. This paper describes a novel approach to modeling the non-human primate postural control system. Our observation that rhesus macaques and humans have even remotely similar postural control motivates the further application of the rhesus macaque as a model for studying the effects of vestibular dysfunction, as well as vestibular prosthesis-assisted states, on human postural control...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Andrew A Fanous, Dheerendra Prasad, David Mathieu, Andrew J Fabiano
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is the use of a single high dose of radiation, stereotactically directed to an intracranial region of interest, in order to create a lesion or obliterate a preexisting one. This technology has evolved over the years into the use of multiple radiation sources oriented at a variety of angles, thus permitting the creation of various treatment target shapes. This allows for non-open surgical treatment of intracranial pathologies, which significantly decreases the risk of morbidity...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Philip Gilbo, Isabella Zhang, Jonathan Knisely
Over the past half-century since Lars Leksell first utilized radiation to address deep and difficult to treat lesions of the central nervous system (CNS), intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has become an increasingly valued tool in the hands of neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists. Following developments in medical imaging and radiation technology, radiosurgery has evolved from its first application in movement disorders to widespread use for a varied range of malignant and benign conditions. SRS remains a powerful, minimally invasive instrument that offers additional options for intervention to a diverse patient population...
September 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
Paul F Smith
The vestibular system is a sensory system that is critically important in humans for gaze and image stability as well as postural control. Patients with complete bilateral vestibular loss are severely disabled and experience a poor quality of life. There are very few effective treatment options for patients with no vestibular function. Over the last 10 years, rapid progress has been made in developing artificial 'vestibular implants' or 'prostheses', based on cochlear implant technology. As of 2017, 13 patients worldwide have received vestibular implants and the results are encouraging...
September 1, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
Frederick Robert Carrick, Mahera Abdulrahman, Ahmed Hankir, Maksim Zayaruzny, Kinda Najem, Palita Lungchukiet, Roger A Edwards
CONTEXT: Medical Education can be delivered in the traditional classroom or via novel technology including an online classroom. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that learning in an online classroom would result in similar outcomes as learning in the traditional classroom when using a flipped classroom pedagogy. DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. A total of 274 subjects enrolled in a Neuro-otology training program for non-Neuro-otologists of 25 h held over a 3-day period...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
F De Angelis, E Brauner, G Pignatiello, F Mencio, D Rosella, P Papi, T Di Carlo, A Giovannetti, G Pompa, S Di Carlo
AIMS: The aim of this study is to present a clinical case of a full arch prosthetic rehabilitation on natural teeth, combining both digital work-flow and monolithic zirconia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Digital impression was taken with an intraoral optical scanner (CS3500, Carestream Dental, Atlanta, GA, USA). A prosthetic rehabilitation was realized on natural teeth using monolithic zirconia from 1.6 to 1.4 and from 2.7 to 2.4 frameworks, while in the aesthetic area (from 2...
July 2017: La Clinica Terapeutica
Han-Kun Chen, Chun-Liang Chen, Kuo-Shan Wen, Yi-Feng Lin, Kai-Yuan Lin, Yih-Huei Uen
BACKGROUND: The novel concept of continuous intraoperative neuromonitoring (Cont-IONM) through stimulation of the vagal nerve has been used in thyroidectomies to prevent imminent injury of the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN). This article reports on this technology and the results of using transoral Cont-IONM in natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery for thyroid disease. METHODS: Cont-IONM of the RLN was achieved through automatic cyclical stimulation of the vagal nerve using a C2 monitor and delta stimulating electrode...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
Sarath Vijayakumar, Frederic F Depreux, Francine M Jodelka, Jennifer J Lentz, Frank Rigo, Timothy A Jones, Michelle L Hastings
Usher syndrome type 1C (USH1C/harmonin) is associated with profound retinal, auditory and vestibular dysfunction. We have previously reported on an antisense oligonucleotide (ASO-29) that dramatically improves auditory function and balance behavior in mice homozygous for the harmonin mutation Ush1c c.216G > A following a single systemic administration. The findings were suggestive of improved vestibular function; however, no direct vestibular assessment was made. Here, we measured vestibular sensory evoked potentials (VsEPs) to directly assess vestibular function in Usher mice...
September 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
Marjetka Podobnik, Matic Kisovec, Gregor Anderluh
Aerolysin-like pore-forming proteins are an important family of proteins able to efficiently damage membranes of target cells by forming transmembrane pores. They are characterized by a unique domain organization and mechanism of action that involves extensive conformational rearrangements. Although structures of soluble forms of many different members of this family are well understood, the structures of pores and their mechanism of assembly have been described only recently. The pores are characterized by well-defined β-barrels, which are devoid of any vestibular regions commonly found in other protein pores...
August 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Jing-Huan Fang, Xueyin An, Seung-Mi Jeong, Byung-Ho Choi
PATIENT: A 60-year-old man presented for refabrication of his maxillary complete denture. In this case, a digital process was chosen to replace the ill-fitted complete maxillary denture. A specialized scan retractor was used to retract the mobile tissues of the lips, cheeks and vestibule while taking a digital impression. The interocclusal record obtained in the patient's mouth was scanned in order to digitally register the occlusal vertical dimension. The denture base and teeth were designed on virtual models that were mounted at the occlusal vertical dimension, and were made using CAD/CAM technology...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontic Research
Ofer Yizhar-Barnea, Karen B Avraham
The inner ear is composed of a complex mixture of cells, which together allow organisms to hear and maintain balance. The cells in the inner ear, which undergo an extraordinary process of development, have only recently begun to be studied on an individual level. As it has recently become clear that individual cells, previously considered to be of uniform character, may differ dramatically from each other, the need to study cell-to-cell variation, along with distinct transcriptional and regulatory signatures, has taken hold in the scientific community...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
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