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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932898/two-cases-of-vogt-koyanagi-harada-s-disease-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Tunji S Oluleye, Adekunle O Rotimi-Samuel, Adetunji Adenekan, Olubanke T Ilo, Folashade B Akinsola, Adeola O Onakoya, Olufisayo T Aribaba, Adebukunola Adefule-Ositelu, Kareem O Musa, Yele Oyefeso
Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada's (VKH) disease has been reported to be rare in sub-Saharan Africa. Two Nigerians with the disease are presented in this report. The first patient, a 32-year-old pregnant Nigerian woman presented with a 1-month history of bilateral blurring of vision, persistent headache, and alopecia. Presenting visual acuity was 1 m counting fingers in both eyes. Examination revealed vitiligo and poliosis with bilateral panuveitis as well as bilateral exudative retinal detachment. A clinical assessment of complete VKH disease was made...
2016: International Medical Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929596/primary-solitary-intralabyrinthine-schwannoma-a-report-of-7-cases-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Avi Shupak, Yehuda Holdstein, Margalit Kaminer, Itzhak Braverman
Intralabyrinthine schwannomas (ILSs) are uncommon benign tumors that originate in the Schwann cell sheath of the intralabyrinthine distal branches of the vestibulocochlear nerve. They have no initial involvement in the internal auditory canal, although that might develop later. These lesions can arise inside the cochlea, originate in the vestibule or, in rare cases, develop in the semicircular canals. From these sites, spread might take place via the anatomic connections between the perilymphatic spaces in the scala vestibuli and the anterior vestibule...
December 2016: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923565/sound-generator-associated-with-the-counseling-in-the-treatment-of-tinnitus-evaluation-of-the-effectiveness
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Andressa Vital Rocha, Maria Fernanda Capoani Garcia Mondelli
INTRODUCTION: The relations between the tinnitus and the hearing loss are due to the sensory deprivation caused by hearing loss, since this is followed by the functional and structural alteration of the auditory system as a whole. The cochlear lesions are accompanied by a reduction in the activity of the cochlear nerve, and the neural activity keeps increased in mainly all the central auditory nervous system to compensate this deficit. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to verify the effectiveness of the sound generator (SG) associated with the counseling in the treatment of the tinnitus in individuals with and without hearing loss regarding the improvement of the nuisance through Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) and Visual Analogue Scale (VAS)...
November 11, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920720/validation-of-online-versions-of-tinnitus-questionnaires-translated-into-swedish
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Karolina Müller, Niklas K Edvall, Esma Idrizbegovic, Robert Huhn, Rilana Cima, Viktor Persson, Constanze Leineweber, Hugo Westerlund, Berthold Langguth, Winfried Schlee, Barbara Canlon, Christopher R Cederroth
Background: Due to the lack of objective measures for assessing tinnitus, its clinical evaluation largely relies on the use of questionnaires and psychoacoustic tests. A global assessment of tinnitus burden would largely benefit from holistic approaches that not only incorporate measures of tinnitus but also take into account associated fears, emotional aspects (stress, anxiety, and depression), and quality of life. In Sweden, only a few instruments are available for assessing tinnitus, and the existing tools lack validation...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914909/benefits-pitfalls-and-risks-of-phytotherapy-in-clinical-practice-in-otorhinolaryngology
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O Laccourreye, A Werner, L Laccourreye, P Bonfils
OBJECTIVES: To elucidate the benefits, pitfalls and risks of phytotherapy in the clinical practice of otorhinolaryngology. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The PubMed and Cochrane databases were searched using the following keywords: phytotherapy, phytomedicine, herbs, otology, rhinology, laryngology, otitis, rhinitis, laryngitis and otorhinolaryngology. Seventy-two articles (18 prospective randomized studies, 4 Cochrane analyses, 4 meta-analysis and 15 reviews of the literature) devoted to clinical studies were analyzed...
November 30, 2016: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911239/microvascular-decompression-of-the-cochleovestibular-nerve-for-treatment-of-tinnitus-and-vertigo-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-individual-patient-data
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Minke J C van den Berge, J Marc C van Dijk, Iris A Posthumus, Nynke Smidt, Pim van Dijk, Rolien H Free
OBJECTIVE Microvascular decompression (MVD) is regarded as a valid treatment modality in neurovascular conflicts (NVCs) causing, for example, trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasms. An NVC of the cochleovestibular nerve might cause tinnitus and/or vertigo; however, general acceptance of MVD for this indication is lacking. The aim of this study was to investigate the effectiveness, safety, and prognostic factors for success of MVD of the cochleovestibular nerve. METHODS A systematic review and meta-analysis of individual patient data (IPD) were conducted according to the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses and Individual Patient Data (PRISMA-IPD) guidelines...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905540/the-effects-of-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-in-an-animal-model-of-tinnitus
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Wilhelmina H A M Mulders, Vanessa Vooys, Kalina Makowiecki, Alex D Tang, Jennifer Rodger
Tinnitus (phantom auditory perception associated with hearing loss) can seriously affect wellbeing. Its neural substrate is unknown however it has been linked with abnormal activity in auditory pathways. Though no cure currently exists, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been shown to reduce tinnitus in some patients, possibly via induction of cortical plasticity involving brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). We examined whether low intensity rTMS (LI-rTMS) alleviates signs of tinnitus in a guinea pig model and whether this involves changes in BDNF expression and hyperactivity in inferior colliculus...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895002/impression-material-in-the-external-and-middle-ear-an-overview-of-the-literature-and-a-stepwise-approach-for-removal
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Froukje Verdam, Rinze Tange, Hans Thomeer
Here, we provide a literature overview of cases with protruding molding material for earplugs or hearing aids and subsequent required treatment, including our own cases. Patients at risk are those with impaired tympanic membranes or who previously underwent otologic surgery. Symptoms such as otalgia, tinnitus, and vertigo are alarming but do not always arise. In case of doubt, a CT scan is of additive value to prepare for adequate surgical removal and to limit potential damage. A stepwise approach for the clinician on how to address these challenging cases is presented, based upon the literature and our own experience...
November 28, 2016: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895001/surgical-management-and-hearing-outcome-of-traumatic-ossicular-injuries
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Stefan Delrue, Nicolas Verhaert, Joost van Dinther, Andrzej Zarowski, Thomas Somers, Christian Desloovere, Erwin Offeciers
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate etiological, clinical, and pathological characteristics of traumatic injuries of the middle ear ossicular chain and to evaluate hearing outcome after surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty consecutive patients (31 ears) with traumatic ossicular injuries operated on between 2004 and 2015 in two tertiary referral otologic centers were retrospectively analyzed. Traumatic events, clinical features, ossicular lesions, treatment procedures, and audiometric results were evaluated...
November 28, 2016: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885877/surgical-outcomes-of-middle-fossa-approach-in-intracanalicular-vestibular-schwannoma
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Woo Seok Kang, Shin Ae Kim, Chan Joo Yang, Sung Hoon Nam, Jong Woo Chung
CONCLUSION: Middle fossa approach (MFA) shows a hearing preservation rate of 86% and facial nerve function was preserved with HB grade I or II in 93%. MFA is a good treatment option for intra-canalicular vestibular schwannomas when surgical excision is needed. BACKGROUND: Surgical outcomes of vestibular schwannoma have progressively improved with the advancement of microsurgical instruments. MFA is known to have better chances to preserve hearing, while it has limited access to the posterior fossa, limitation of tumor size, and higher risk of post-operative facial nerve weakness...
November 25, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879981/zinc-supplementation-for-tinnitus
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REVIEW
Osmar C Person, Maria Es Puga, Edina Mk da Silva, Maria R Torloni
BACKGROUND: Tinnitus is the perception of sound without external acoustic stimuli. Patients with severe tinnitus may have physical and psychological complaints and their tinnitus can cause deterioration in their quality of life. At present no specific therapy for tinnitus has been found to be satisfactory in all patients. In recent decades, a number of reports have suggested that oral zinc supplementation may be effective in the management of tinnitus. Since zinc has a role in cochlear physiology and in the synapses of the auditory system, there is a plausible mechanism of action for this treatment...
November 23, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876040/botulinum-toxin-treatment-for-essential-palatal-tremors-presenting-with-nasal-clicks-instead-of-pulsatile-tinnitus-a-case-report
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Yufeng Ye, Shiyu Liao, Baozhen Luo, Liyan Ni
BACKGROUND: In this study, we report a rare case of an adult patient with essential palatal tremors (EPT) presenting as nasal clicks, instead of otic clicks or objective pulsatile tinnitus in common EPT. CASE PRESENTATION: Nasal endoscopic examination and EMG recordings of the soft palate muscles were performed to confirm the source of the clicks. Initial treatment with lidocaine provided symptomatic relief for four hours. The patient was then treated with four simultaneous injections of 12...
November 22, 2016: Head & Face Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868278/differences-in-vigibase%C3%A2-reporting-of-aminoglycoside-and-capreomycin-suspected-ototoxicity-during-tuberculosis-treatment
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Evans L Sagwa, Patrick C Souverein, Inês Ribeiro, Hubert G M Leufkens, Aukje K Mantel-Teeuwisse
PURPOSE: To evaluate the association between the use of streptomycin, amikacin, kanamycin and capreomycin in tuberculosis (TB) treatment and the pharmacovigilance reporting of ototoxicity (deafness or hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo). Second, to analyze patient demographic and geographic factors that influence the reporting of ototoxicity in TB treatment. METHODS: A case/non-case disproportionality analysis of the VigiBase® individual case safety reports (ICSRs) of patients treated for TB using multidrug regimens that contain either of streptomycin, amikacin, kanamycin or capreomycin...
November 20, 2016: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867121/effect-of-direct-stimulation-of-the-cochleovestibular-nerve-on-tinnitus-a-long-term-follow-up-study
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Minke J C van den Berge, J Marc C van Dijk, Rolien H Free, Janke Stienstra, Pim van Dijk, Bernard F A M van der Laan
OBJECTIVE: Tinnitus is a common entity that may lead to severe impairment in quality of life. An adequate treatment modality for severe tinnitus is currently lacking. Neurostimulation of the auditory tract may serve as a promising adjunct in tinnitus treatment. The aim is to investigate the effect of direct stimulation on the cochleovestibular nerve for intractable tinnitus. METHODS: This study was conducted at the University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands...
November 17, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866120/evidence-based-guidelines-on-the-therapeutic-use-of-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-tdcs
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REVIEW
Jean-Pascal Lefaucheur, Andrea Antal, Samar S Ayache, David H Benninger, Jérôme Brunelin, Filippo Cogiamanian, Maria Cotelli, Dirk De Ridder, Roberta Ferrucci, Berthold Langguth, Paola Marangolo, Veit Mylius, Michael A Nitsche, Frank Padberg, Ulrich Palm, Emmanuel Poulet, Alberto Priori, Simone Rossi, Martin Schecklmann, Sven Vanneste, Ulf Ziemann, Luis Garcia-Larrea, Walter Paulus
A group of European experts was commissioned by the European Chapter of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology to gather knowledge about the state of the art of the therapeutic use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) from studies published up until September 2016, regarding pain, Parkinson's disease, other movement disorders, motor stroke, poststroke aphasia, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, consciousness disorders, Alzheimer's disease, tinnitus, depression, schizophrenia, and craving/addiction...
October 29, 2016: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855527/recent-advances-in-therapeutics-and-drug-delivery-for-the-treatment-of-inner-ear-diseases-a-patent-review-2011-2015
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Kim Nguyen, Judith S Kempfle, David H Jung, Charles E McKenna
Inner ear disorders such as hearing loss, tinnitus, and Ménière's disease significantly impact the quality of life of affected individuals. Treatment of such disorders is an ongoing challenge. Current clinical approaches relieve symptoms but do not fully restore hearing, and the search for more effective therapeutic methods represents an area of urgent current interest. Areas covered: Thirty four patents and patent applications published from 2011 to 2015 were selected from the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), covering new approaches for the treatment of inner ear disorders described in the patent literature: 1) identification of new therapeutic agents, 2) development of sustained release formulations, and 3) medical devices that facilitate delivery of such agents to the inner ear...
November 18, 2016: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835697/a-conditioned-behavioral-paradigm-for-assessing-onset-and-lasting-tinnitus-in-rats
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Edward Pace, Hao Luo, Michael Bobian, Ajay Panekkad, Xueguo Zhang, Huiming Zhang, Jinsheng Zhang
Numerous behavioral paradigms have been developed to assess tinnitus-like behavior in animals. Nevertheless, they are often limited by prolonged training requirements, as well as an inability to simultaneously assess onset and lasting tinnitus behavior, tinnitus pitch or duration, or tinnitus presence without grouping data from multiple animals or testing sessions. To enhance behavioral testing of tinnitus, we developed a conditioned licking suppression paradigm to determine the pitch(s) of both onset and lasting tinnitus-like behavior within individual animals...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832140/the-effects-of-compensatory-auditory-stimulation-and-high-definition-transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-hd-tdcs-on-tinnitus-perception-a-randomized-pilot-study
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Simon Henin, Dovid Fein, Eric Smouha, Lucas C Parra
BACKGROUND: Tinnitus correlates with elevated hearing thresholds and reduced cochlear compression. We hypothesized that reduced peripheral input leads to elevated neuronal gain resulting in the perception of a phantom sound. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this pilot study was to test whether compensating for this peripheral deficit could reduce the tinnitus percept acutely using customized auditory stimulation. To further enhance the effects of auditory stimulation, this intervention was paired with high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822199/clinical-subgroups-in-bilateral-meniere-disease
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Lidia Frejo, Andres Soto-Varela, Sofía Santos-Perez, Ismael Aran, Angel Batuecas-Caletrio, Vanesa Perez-Guillen, Herminio Perez-Garrigues, Jesus Fraile, Eduardo Martin-Sanz, Maria C Tapia, Gabriel Trinidad, Ana María García-Arumi, Rocío González-Aguado, Juan M Espinosa-Sanchez, Pedro Marques, Paz Perez, Jesus Benitez, Jose A Lopez-Escamez
Meniere disease (MD) is a heterogeneous clinical condition characterized by sensorineural hearing loss, episodic vestibular symptoms, and tinnitus associated with several comorbidities, such as migraine or autoimmune disorders (AD). The frequency of bilateral involvement may range from 5 to 50%, and it depends on the duration of the disease. We have performed a two-step cluster analysis in 398 patients with bilateral MD (BMD) to identify the best predictors to define clinical subgroups with a potential different etiology to improve the phenotyping of BMD and to develop new treatments...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821396/morphine-induced-hearing-loss
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Leire Leache, Irene Aquerreta, Libe Moraza, Ana Ortega
PURPOSE: A case of severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss associated with oral morphine is reported. SUMMARY: A 52-year-old Spanish man was admitted to the intensive care unit with a Glasgow Coma Scale score of 3, a fever, and sudden hearing loss with tinnitus in both ears. His medical history included type 2 diabetes mellitus, depression, sleep disorder, and hypertension. The patient also had pyelonephritis in 2011 and pulmonary embolism in 2014, requiring the placement of an inferior vena cava filter and chronic anticoagulation...
November 15, 2016: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
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