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Miki Ikehata, Shigeto Ohta, Yasuo Mishiro, Hirokazu Katsura, Shinya Miuchi, Kenzo Tsuzuki, Masafumi Sakagami
OBJECTIVE: The eustachian tube (ET) has two important functions, ventilation and clearance of the middle ear. We evaluated the ET ventilator function by the sonotubometry and the inflation-deflation test that are widely used today, and the ET clearance function by the saccharin test. Results of both tests were compared with surgical outcomes, and assessed which test was more closely related to the surgical outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case series. SETTING: A single university hospital...
October 12, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Hyun-Min Lee, Keun-Ik Yi, Jae-Hoon Jung, Il-Woo Lee
We report an extremely rare case of hearing aid silicone impression material as a foreign body in the middle ear. Symptoms of the patient were otorrhea and vertigo after taking of a mold impression on his only hearing ear, and the symptoms mimicked chronic otitis media. A temporal bone CT scan revealed foreign body material in the middle ear and Eustachian tube. An intact canal wall mastoidectomy with a facial recess approach and type IV tympanoplasty was performed to remove the silicone impression material...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Matthew E Smith, James R Tysome
OBJECTIVE: Balloon eustachian tuboplasty (BET) has entered clinical use as a treatment for eustachian tube dysfunction. Some surgeons perform myringotomy prior to BET due to concerns that the increase in middle ear (ME) pressure caused by BET may cause otic barotrauma. We investigated the ME pressure changes occurring during BET in cadavers. STUDY DESIGN: Human cadaver investigation of a surgical technique SETTING: Laboratory study at a tertiary referral center...
October 11, 2016: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Jeffrey Y Tsai, Barry C Boyd, Ted C Ondracek, Etern S Park
We present a case of a parapharyngeal schwannoma of the mandibular nerve with intraosseous extension into the mandible. The initial symptoms included decreased auditory acuity, with subsequent magnetic resonance imaging findings suggestive of Eustachian tube obstruction. This represents a rare symptom of schwannomas of the mandibular nerve. Owing to the degree of bony expansion and cortical thinning of the adjacent mandibular ramus, concern existed for a pathologic fracture. Treatment involved complete excision of the lesion using hemimandibulectomy with second stage reconstruction...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Nikolaj Hjort Schmidt, Kasper Hansen, Henrik Lauridsen, Annie Vesterby, Jens Randel Nyengaard, Alf Brubakk, Michael Pedersen
OBJECTIVE: The most common complications of hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) are related to pressure changes on gas-containing cavities. Therefore, inability to auto-inflate the middle ear may result in transient or permanent hearing loss. However, it seems that middle ear barotrauma (MEBt) does not develop more often in mechanically ventilated patients than in ambulatory patients. This might be explained by deep sedation of these patients. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine whether anaesthesia and/or neuromuscular blockade can influence Eustachian tube (ET) function...
September 2016: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
Ashley M Dao, Steven L Goudy
Repair of the cleft palate intends to establish the division between the oral and nasal cavity, thereby improving feeding, speech, and eustachian tube dysfunction all while minimizing the negative impact on maxillary growth. Before palate repair candidacy, timing and surgical method of repair is dependent on comorbid conditions, particularly cardiac disease, mandibular length, and palate width. Additionally, management of the alveolar cleft and the indications for gingivoperiosteoplasty versus secondary alveolar bone grafting is a controversial topic that weighs the risks and benefits of potentially sparing the patient an additional surgery against iatrogenic restriction of facial growth and malocclusion...
November 2016: Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
Aditi A Bhuskute, Travis T Tollefson
Cleft lip and palate are the fourth most common congenital birth defect. Management requires multidisciplinary care owing to the complexity of these clefts on midface growth, dentition, Eustachian tube function, and lip and nasal cosmesis. Repair requires planning, but can be performed systematically to reduce variability of outcomes. The use of primary rhinoplasty at the time of cleft lip repair can improve nose symmetry and reduce nasal deformity. Use of nasoalveolar molding ranging from lip taping to the use of preoperative infant orthopedics has played an important role in improving functional and cosmetic results of cleft lip repair...
November 2016: Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
Mira A Patel, David J Mener, Esther Garcia-Esquinas, Ana Navas-Acien, Yuri Agrawal, Sandra Y Lin
OBJECTIVES: To describe the association between active, environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure and the prevalence of eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD) in the U.S. pediatric population. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: U.S. representative demographic and audiometric data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES);2005-2010. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The study consisted of 2,977 children aged 12-19 years...
2016: PloS One
Peter M Narins
Frogs and toads are capable of producing calls at potentially damaging levels that exceed 110 dB SPL at 50 cm. Most frog species have internally coupled ears (ICE) in which the tympanic membranes (TyMs) communicate directly via the large, permanently open Eustachian tubes, resulting in an inherently directional asymmetrical pressure-difference receiver. One active mechanism for auditory sensitivity reduction involves the pressure increase during vocalization that distends the TyM, reducing its low-frequency airborne sound sensitivity...
October 3, 2016: Biological Cybernetics
V V Wilmot, A Sharma
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 29, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
Wiesława Klimek-Piotrowska, Mateusz K Hołda, Mateusz Koziej, Jakub Hołda, Katarzyna Piątek, Kamil Tyrak, Filip Bolechała
The aim of this study was to provide useful information about the cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) and surrounding areas morphology, which may help to plan CTI radio-frequency ablation. We examined 140 autopsied human hearts from Caucasian individuals of both sexes (29.3% females) with a mean age of 49.1±17.2 years. We macroscopically investigated the lower part of the right atrium, the CTI, the inferior vena cava ostium and the terminal crest. The paraseptal isthmus (18.5±4.0 mm) was significantly shorter than the central isthmus (p<0...
2016: PloS One
Yoshihiro Takasugi, Koichi Futagawa, Tatsuo Konishi, Daisuke Morimoto, Takahiko Okuda
PURPOSE: Most reported cases of nasopharyngeal laceration following impingement during nasotracheal intubation involved tube insertion via the right nostril. We postulated that recesses on the posterior wall of the nasopharynx might be associated with tube impingement. Using multiplanar imaging and clinical statistics, we evaluated whether anatomical variations in the recesses are related to successful intubation via the right nostril. METHODS: Using multiplanar computed tomography (CT) images of 97 patients, we investigated the locations of recesses relative to the mid-sagittal plane, nasal floor plane and posterior end of the nasal septum, and their shapes...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
Toshiaki Kikuchi, Ryoukichi Ikeda, Hidetoshi Oshima, Iori Takata, Tetsuaki Kawase, Takeshi Oshima, Yukio Katori, Toshimitsu Kobayashi
CONCLUSIONS: Trans-tympanic plugging of the Eustachian tube (ET) with the silicone plug (Kobayashi Plug) induced long-term effectiveness for over 80% of chronic and severe patulous ET (PET) patients. The New Kobayashi Plug was more effective with fewer complication of plug descent to the pharyngeal orifice. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effectiveness and complications of trans-tympanic plugging of the ET using a Kobayashi Plug for chronic PET. METHOD: Trans-tympanic plugging of the ET using the Kobayashi Plug was performed for 252 ears of 191 patients...
September 26, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Melisa Melek Tuncer, Seda Turkoglu Babakurban, Erdinc Aydin
BACKGROUND: Barotrauma is a frequent problem in aviation medicine. Eustachian tube dysfunction plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of barotrauma. Function of the Eustachian tube can be indirectly assessed by multifrequency tympanometry, which provides valuable information about the resistance and permeability of the middle ear in a wide frequency range. The aim of this study was to research whether multifrequency tympanometry could be used for assessing middle ear impairments in pilots...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Afroze S Khan, Yiannis Pilavakis, Vincent Batty, Philip G Harries, Rami J Salib
Reports of congenital anomalies of the Eustachian Tube (ET) are scarce, and often associated with chromosomal abnormalities. We report a unique case of a completely bony left Eustachian tube which communicated with the sphenoid sinus. This report details these findings and discusses the potential embryological basis and implications of such an unusual anatomy, in the context of a comprehensive literature review.
September 21, 2016: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
Musheer Hussain, Edward Fisher, Robin Youngs, Jonathan Fishman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Saleem I Abdulrauf, Ahmed M Ashour, Eric Marvin, Jeroen Coppens, Brian Kang, Tze Yu Yeh Hsieh, Breno Nery, Juan R Penanes, Aysha K Alsahlawi, Shawn Moore, Hussam Abou Al-Shaar, Joanna Kemp, Kanika Chawla, Nanthiya Sujijantarat, Alaa Najeeb, Nadeem Parkar, Vilaas Shetty, Tina Vafaie, Jastin Antisdel, Tony A Mikulec, Randall Edgell, Jonathan Lebovitz, Matt Pierson, Paulo Henrique Pires de Aguiar, Paula Buchanan, Angela Di Cosola, George Stevens
INTRODUCTION: Numerical classification systems for the internal carotid artery (ICA) are available, but modifications have added confusion to the numerical systems. Furthermore, previous classifications may not be applicable uniformly to microsurgical and endoscopic procedures. The purpose of this study was to develop a clinically useful classification system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed cadaver dissections of the ICA in 5 heads (10 sides) and evaluated 648 internal carotid arteries with computed tomography angiography...
July 2016: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
Friederike Pohl, Gerrit Paasche, Thomas Lenarz, Robert Schuon
OBJECTIVE: To investigate and establish the use of tympanometry in conscious sheep to provide a means of objective assessment of tympanic membrane integrity, middle ear ventilation and functioning of the Eustachian tube (ET). DESIGN: After conditioning the sheep for four weeks, tympanometric measurements at 226 Hz were carried out weekly for 13 weeks. Before measurements, the external ear canal had been cleaned. Resultant curves were classified according to human reference values...
September 14, 2016: International Journal of Audiology
Chee Loong Chow, Sylvia S M Chen, William van Gaal
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A 66-year-old asymptomatic patient underwent a routine transthoracic echocardiogram prior to commencement of clozapine, and was found to have a mobile echogenic structure in the right atrium, which was later confirmed on transoesophageal echocardiogram to be adjacent to the insertion of inferior vena cava.Follow-up cardiovascular MRI (CMR) revealed a mobile, avascular 2.1×2.2 cm(2) mass with regular and smooth borders, adjacent to the eustachian valve (Figure 1 panel A: coronal view; online supplementary movie 1)...
September 12, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Anne G M Schilder, Tasnee Chonmaitree, Allan W Cripps, Richard M Rosenfeld, Margaretha L Casselbrant, Mark P Haggard, Roderick P Venekamp
Otitis media (OM) or middle ear inflammation is a spectrum of diseases, including acute otitis media (AOM), otitis media with effusion (OME; 'glue ear') and chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM). OM is among the most common diseases in young children worldwide. Although OM may resolve spontaneously without complications, it can be associated with hearing loss and life-long sequelae. In developing countries, CSOM is a leading cause of hearing loss. OM can be of bacterial or viral origin; during 'colds', viruses can ascend through the Eustachian tube to the middle ear and pave the way for bacterial otopathogens that reside in the nasopharynx...
2016: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
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