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Alessandro Micarelli, Andrea Viziano, David Della-Morte, Ivan Augimeri, Marco Alessandrini
OBJECTIVE: Considering the altered multisensory signal compensation during senescence, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the integration rearrangements in unilateral vestibular hypofunction (UVH) during age-related cognitive decline. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Longitudinal cohort study unit and of University tertiary referral center. PATIENTS: Older UVH individuals ≥ 55 years with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer Disease (AD) and matched UVH control group with age-appropriate cognitive function...
March 15, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
Jorge C Kattah
Background: Previous series of bilateral vestibular loss (BVL) identified numerous etiologies, but surprisingly, a cause in a significant number of cases remains unknown. In an effort to understand possible etiology and management strategies, a global effort is currently in progress. Here, I contribute my 10-year experience with both acute and chronic BVL during the 2007-2017 decade. Methods: This is a retrospective review of the charts and EMR of patients diagnosed with BVL in the last 10 years...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Jan Peter Thomas, Konstantin van Ackeren, Stefan Dazert, Ingo Todt, Andreas Prescher, Christiane Voelter
OBJECTIVES: To compare the feasibility of transmastoid implantation of an active transcutaneous bone conduction device (BCD) in the most important pathologies of the temporal bone and the impact of implant lifts in adulthood. METHODS: First, clinical predominant pathologies for implantation of this BCD were evaluated by a literature review. Then, high-resolution CT of 240 temporal bones with neuro-otologic diseases (NOD), chronic otitis media (COM), or cholesteatoma, respectively, were investigated regarding their implantability, using a radiological simulation program...
February 23, 2018: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Tetsuo Ikezono, Tomohiro Matsumura, Han Matsuda, Satomi Shikaze, Shiho Saitoh, Susumu Shindo, Setsuo Hasegawa, Seung Ha Oh, Yoshiaki Hagiwara, Yasuo Ogawa, Hiroshi Ogawa, Hiroaki Sato, Tetsuya Tono, Ryuichiro Araki, Yukihide Maeda, Shin-Ichi Usami, Yasuhiro Kase
Perilymphatic fistula is defined as an abnormal communication between the perilymph-filled space and the middle ear, or cranial spaces. The manifestations include a broad spectrum of neuro-otological symptoms such as hearing loss, vertigo/dizziness, disequilibrium, aural fullness, tinnitus, and cognitive dysfunction. By sealing the fistula, perilymphatic fistula is a surgically correctable disease. Also, appropriate recognition and treatment of perilymphatic fistula can improve a patient's condition and hence the quality of life...
2018: PloS One
Munehisa Fukushima, Tadashi Kitahara, Ryohei Oya, Shiro Akahani, Hidenori Inohara, Shinji Naganawa, Noriaki Takeda
Objective/Hypothesis: Meniere's disease (MD) is a common inner ear disease characterized by repeated episodic vertigo, fluctuating sensorineural hearing loss, and tinnitus. Its pathology is defined as endolymphatic hydrops (EH) in the inner ear and EH has been hypothesized to correlate with the clinical symptoms of MD. We presented the dynamics of in vivo EH in MD patients during medical treatments. Study Design: Prospective, single-arm repeated measures. Methods: Eleven MD patients were enrolled...
December 2017: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
Fatma Beyazal Çeliker, Abdulkadir Özgür, Metin Çeliker, Mehmet Beyazal, Arzu Turan, Suat Terzi, Mehmet Fatih İnecikli
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for diagnosing superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The radiological records of patients who were admitted to our clinic with complaints of otologic and neuro-otologic symptoms between October 2014 and December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Among these patients, those who underwent both computed tomography and MRI and were reported to have SSCD in the temporal bone on at least one side were included in the study group...
December 14, 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
Erika Celis-Aguilar, Angel Castro-Urquizo, Juan Mariscal-Castro
OBJECTIVE: To determine and interpret the range of normal deviation of the bucket test in healthy subjects Subjects and methods: Study design: Cross-sectional study in a secondary care center. INCLUSION CRITERIA: subjects ≥18 years old with no otologic or neurologic symptoms and normal complete neuro-otological examination. The subjective visual vertical was evaluated binocularly using the bucket test. Five measurements were made on the clockwise direction and five on the counterclockwise direction...
December 9, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Stoyan Popkirov, Jeffrey P Staab, Jon Stone
Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD) is a newly defined diagnostic syndrome that unifies key features of chronic subjective dizziness, phobic postural vertigo and related disorders. It describes a common chronic dysfunction of the vestibular system and brain that produces persistent dizziness, non-spinning vertigo and/or unsteadiness. The disorder constitutes a long-term maladaptation to a neuro-otological, medical or psychological event that triggered vestibular symptoms, and is usefully considered within the spectrum of other functional neurological disorders...
February 2018: Practical Neurology
Alexander A Tarnutzer, Dominik Straumann
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The clinical and laboratory assessment of nystagmus in patients with neurologic disorders can provide crucial elements for a state-of-the-art differential diagnosis. An increasing number of publications in the fields of neuro-otology and neuro-ophthalmology have nystagmus in the center of interest, which makes frequent updates on the diagnostic and therapeutic relevance of these contributions indispensable. This review covers important clinical studies and studies in basic research relevant for the neurologist published from January 2016 to August 2017...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Neurology
Masakatsu Taki, Takashi Nakamura, Hiraku Matsuura, Tatsuhisa Hasegawa, Hirofumi Sakaguchi, Kanako Morita, Ryotaro Ishii, Ikuko Mizuta, Takashi Kasai, Toshiki Mizuno, Shigeru Hirano
Cerebellar ataxia with neuropathy and bilateral vestibular areflexia syndrome (CANVAS) is a novel ataxic disorder consisting of the triad of cerebellar impairment, bilateral vestibular hypofunction, and a somatosensory deficit. We report the first Japanese case of CANVAS. The patient is a 68-year-old Japanese male. He was referred to our university for further evaluation of progressive gait disturbance and ataxia. He exhibited horizontal gaze-evoked nystagmus and sensory deficit. Nerve conduction studies showed sensory neuronopathy...
October 28, 2017: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
Ayse Guler, Funda Karbek Akarca, Cenk Eraslan, Ceyda Tarhan, Cem Bilgen, Tayfun Kirazli, Nese Celebisoy
INTRODUCTION: Head impulse test (HIT) is the critical bedside examination which differentiates vestibular neuritis (VN) from posterior circulation stroke (PCS) in acute vestibular syndrome (AVS). Video-oculography based HIT (vHIT) may have aadditional strength in making the differentiation. METHODS: Patients admitted to the emergency department of a tertiary-care medical center with AVS were studied. An emergency specialist and a neurologist performed HIT. vHIT was conducted by an neuro-otology research fellow...
2017: Journal of Vestibular Research: Equilibrium & Orientation
Henry Zhang, Phui Yee Wong, Tiarnan Magos, Jabin Thaj, Gaurav Kumar
The advent of the endoscope has facilitated otological surgery in recent years. Advances in optical technology have led to the development of high definition visualisation, such as 4K magnification. Narrow band imaging (NBI) has been shown to improve visualisation of tissue based on varying degrees of vascularity. This is a feasibility study, the first of its kind, aiming to investigate the appearances of middle ear anatomy and pathology (tympanic membrane, tympanosclerosis, cholesteatoma, granulation, endolymphatic sac hydrops, otosclerosis) under the NBI filter, using a high definition 4K endoscope...
January 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Eugene Hung Chih Wong, Daniel Bodmer, Nora Tetter, Yves Brand
Metastasis to the cerebellopontine angle (CPA) or internal auditory meatus (IAM) is rare.We report a rare case of a 69-year-old woman with metastatic lung adenocarcinoma, who presented with 2 weeks history of left-sided hearing loss and progressively worsening vertigo. Examination revealed a left-sided facial nerve palsy while pure tone audiometry (PTA) showed a new left-sided deafness. MRI showed a new enhancing soft tissue lesion in the left IAM, highly suspicious of new metastases from her progressive lung cancer, which contributed to her neuro-otological symptoms...
October 20, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
James K Liu
The surgical management of petroclival meningiomas remains a formidable challenge. These tumors are deep in the base of the skull and arise medial to the fifth cranial nerve. In this operative video, the author demonstrates the extended middle fossa approach with anterior petrosectomy to resect an upper petroclival meningioma extending into Meckel's cave with brainstem compression. This approach is very useful for accessing deep tumors located above and below the tentorium, and between the fifth and seventh cranial nerves...
October 2017: Neurosurgical Focus
Franca Wagner, Evelyn Herrmann, Roland Wiest, Andreas Raabe, Corrado Bernasconi, Marco Caversaccio, Dominique Vibert
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate signal intensity of the inner ear using 3D-CISS imaging and correlated signal characteristics in patients with vestibular schwannoma to neuro-otological symptoms. METHODS: Sixty patients with unilateral vestibular schwannoma were retrospectively reviewed. All patients had had initial and follow-up magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Individual treatment strategies consisted of "wait-and-watch", surgical tumour resection, stereotactic radiosurgery or both surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery...
September 22, 2017: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
Sergio Carmona, Romina Weinschelbaum, Ana Pardal, Cintia Marchesoni, Paz Zuberbuhler, Patricia Acosta, Guillermo Cáceres, Isaac Kisinovsky, Luciana Bayón, Ricardo Reisin
Fabry disease (FD) is an X-linked lysosomal storage disease, with multisystemic glycosphingolipids deposits. Neuro-otological involvement leading to hearing loss and vestibular dysfunctions has been described, but there is limited information about the frequency, site of lesion, or the relationship with peripheral neuropathy. The aim was to evaluate the presence of auditory and vestibular symptoms, and assess neurophysiological involvement of the VIII cranial nerve, correlating these findings with clinical and neurophysiological features of peripheral neuropathy...
July 18, 2017: Audiology Research
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
Eduardo Martin-Sanz, Isabel Ortega Crespo, Jonathan Esteban-Sanchez, Ricardo Sanz
INTRODUCTION: Several studies have indicated better balance control in dancers than in control participants, but some controversy remains. The aim of our study is to evaluate the postural stability in a cohort of dancers, non-dancers, compensated, and non-compensated unilateral vestibular neuritis (VN). METHODS: This is a prospective study of control subjects, dancers, and VN patients between June 2009 and December 2015. Dancers from the Dance Conservatory of Madrid and VN patients were referred to our department for analysis...
September 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Justyna Rutkowska, Nuri Özgirgin, Ewa Olszewska
Cholesteatoma is a serious otolaryngologic condition that to date remains an important problem and poses a challenge to otolaryngologists around the world. To improve the approach pertaining to the diagnosis and management of middle ear cholesteatoma, clear, clinically applicable, and useful definition and classification of cholesteatoma are required. This review aimed to evaluate the current and most accepted descriptions and opinions concerning cholesteatoma. A review of the literature concerning different definitions and classifications of cholesteatoma was used in the preparation of the Cholesteatoma Guidelines, a project implemented by the European Academy of Otology - Neuro-otology...
August 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
V Volgger, R Gürkov
The current paper reports on a patient with recurrent rotational vertigo and persistent dizziness and imbalance lasting several weeks, who underwent extensive neuro-otological and radiological examinations. Pathological findings initially included right-sided benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), persistent horizontal spontaneous nystagmus (SPN) to the left, and a pathological bedside and video head impulse test (HIT) on the left. The pathological HIT on the left and the SPN to the left indicated a central origin...
August 2017: HNO
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