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Yilin Li, Xinhai Li, Zitan Song, Changqing Ding
We analyzed the synchronous relationship between forest cover and species distribution to explain the contraction in the distribution range of the brown eared-pheasant (Crossoptilon mantchuricum) in China. Historical resources can provide effective records for reconstructing long-term distribution dynamics. The brown eared-pheasant's historical distribution from 25 to 1947 CE, which included the three provinces of Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Hebei based on this species' habitat selection criteria, the history of the forests, ancient climate change records, and fossil data...
2016: PeerJ
Kumar C Pradeep, Shahid M A Mohammed, Mandavia Anisha
A natural appearing ear with appropriate projection from the head remains a great challenge in the reconstruction of the ear. Surgical and prosthetic means have been addressed in the management of patients with microtia, with each carrying its own merits and demerits. Lack of adequate projection of the ear and adhesion of tissues are some common complications of reconstructive surgery that can adversely affect the treatment outcome. This article describes a technique for the fabrication of a postsurgical stent to prevent adhesion of the surgically reconstructed ear to the underlying tissues...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Minyan Zhang, Xiaochen Tian, Jun Shi, Huxian Liu, Ning Liu, Zhengjun Cui
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to observe the efficacies of microsurgical technique combined with the Zhuang's skin soft tissue expander in treating Hunter type III congenital microtia. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients (61 ears) were enrolled from 2003 to 2012; the skin tissue expander was embedded subepidermally in the first stage via the intrahairline longitudinal incision in the postauricular mastoid area, the diseased-side rib cartilage was then taken for preparing the ear bracket in the second stage, and the tragus was surgically reconstructed in the third stage...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Hamid Karimi, Seyed-Abolhassan Emami, Mohammad-Kazem Olad-Gubad
BACKGROUND: Repair of total human ear loss or congenital lack of ears is one of the challenging issues in plastic and reconstructive surgery. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was 3D reconstruction of the human ear with cadaveric ear cartilages seeded with human mesenchymal stem cells. METHOD: We used cadaveric ear cartilages with preserved perichondrium. The samples were divided into 2 groups: group A (cartilage alone) and group B (cartilage seeded with a mixture of fibrin powder and mesenchymal stem cell [1,000,000 cells/cm] used and implanted in back of 10 athymic rats)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Thomas Zahnert, Marie-Luise Metasch, Hannes Seidler, Matthias Bornitz, Nicoloz Lasurashvili, Marcus Neudert
HYPOTHESIS: Electromagnetical excitation of ossicular vibration is suitable for middle ear transmission measurements in the experimental and clinical setting. Thereby, it can be used as a real-time monitoring system for quality control in ossiculoplasty. BACKGROUND: Positioning and coupling of middle ear prosthesis are a precondition for good postoperative hearing results, but at the same time completely dependent upon the surgeon's subjective judgment during surgery...
October 4, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Lokendra Gupta, Parul Pujary, Priyanka Agarwal
An adhesion is a band of scar tissue that binds two parts of the tissue together, which develops when the body's repair mechanisms respond to any tissue disturbance, such as surgery, infection, trauma, or radiation. Prevention of unwanted scar bands is of utmost importance to develop esthetic and healthy tissue. This article describes a technique to prevent the adhesion of the surgically reconstructed ear lobule with facial skin, using novel lobule separator prosthesis.
October 2016: Journal of Indian Prosthodontic Society
Emmy Verheij, Henricus G X M Thomeer, Frank A Pameijer, Vedat Topsakal
Van Maldergem syndrome (VMS) is a very rare syndrome that was first described in 1992. The main features of this syndrome comprise intellectual disability, blepharo-naso-facial malformation, and hand anomalies. Almost all nine described patients have been shown to be affected by conductive hearing impairment attributed to microtia, and atresia of the outer ear canal. Here, we present a VMS patient with congenital malformations of the middle ear as the main reason for severe conductive bilateral hearing impairment...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Tasleem J Padamsee
The history of government action on HIV/AIDS has much to teach us about the dynamics and possibilities of US public health policy, but it has been insufficiently studied by social scientists of the epidemic. This article draws on a large set of original interviews with policy makers, thousands of news articles, and extensive documentation to reconstruct the history of three areas of debate and decision making about HIV prevention since 1990: needle exchange, HIV testing, and sex education for at-risk groups...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
N-X Bonne, F Dubrulle, M Risoud, C Vincent
The surgical management of skull base lesions is difficult due to the complex anatomy of the region and the intimate relations between the lesion and adjacent nerves and vessels. Minimally invasive approaches are increasingly used in skull base surgery to ensure an optimal functional prognosis. Three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) reconstruction facilitates surgical planning by visualizing the anatomical relations of the lesions in all planes (arteries, veins, nerves, inner ear) and simulation of the surgical approach in the operating position...
October 5, 2016: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
Michail N Kolodzynski, Moshe Kon, Silvan Egger, Corstiaan C Breugem
Acquired auricular deformities may diminish facial esthetics and cause psychological distress. The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the type of injuries and applied reconstructive techniques in a large academic hospital in The Netherlands. A retrospective chart review was conducted for the last 105 patients who underwent auricular reconstruction for an acquired deformity. Data concerning gender, affected side, cause of injury, anatomical region, the previous and further surgeries, type of cartilage, and skin cover used were collected and analyzed...
October 6, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Randall A Bly, Amit D Bhrany, Craig S Murakami, Kathleen C Y Sie
Microtia reconstruction is a challenging endeavor that has seen significant technique evolution. It is important to educate patients and their families to determine the best hearing rehabilitation and ear reconstructive options. Microtia is often associated with aural atresia, hearing loss, and craniofacial syndromes. Optimal care is provided by multiple disciplines, including a reconstructive surgeon, an otologic surgeon, an audiologist, and a craniofacial pediatrician. Microtia management includes observation, prosthetic ear, autologous cartilage reconstruction, or alloplastic implant placement...
November 2016: Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America
Martín O Pereyra, Molly C Womack, J Sebastián Barrionuevo, Boris L Blotto, Diego Baldo, Mariane Targino, Jhon Jairo Ospina-Sarria, Juan M Guayasamin, Luis A Coloma, Kim L Hoke, Taran Grant, Julián Faivovich
Most anurans possess a tympanic middle ear (TME) that transmits sound waves to the inner ear; however, numerous species lack some or all TME components. To understand the evolution of these structures, we undertook a comprehensive assessment of their occurrence across anurans and performed ancestral character state reconstructions. Our analysis indicates that the TME was completely lost at least 38 independent times in Anura. The inferred evolutionary history of the TME is exceptionally complex in true toads (Bufonidae), where it was lost in the most recent common ancestor, preceding a radiation of >150 earless species...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Magdalena Kozerska, Janusz Skrzat, Alexandru Spulber, Jerzy Walocha, Sebastian Wroński, Jacek Tarasiuk
PURPOSE: To depict the anatomy of the tympanic segment of the facial canal using a 3D visualization technique, to detect dehiscences, and to evaluate their frequency, location, shape, and size. METHODS: Research included 36 human temporal bones (18 infant and 18 adult samples) which were scanned using a Nanotom 180N device. The final resolution of the reconstructed object was 18 µm. Obtained micro-CT data were subsequently processed by the volume rendering software...
September 16, 2016: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
Janani S Iyer, Shelley A Batts, Kengyeh K Chu, Mehmet I Sahin, Hui Min Leung, Guillermo J Tearney, Konstantina M Stankovic
The mammalian cochlea has historically resisted attempts at high-resolution, non-invasive imaging due to its small size, complex three-dimensional structure, and embedded location within the temporal bone. As a result, little is known about the relationship between an individual's cochlear pathology and hearing function, and otologists must rely on physiological testing and imaging methods that offer limited resolution to obtain information about the inner ear prior to performing surgery. Micro-optical coherence tomography (μOCT) is a non-invasive, low-coherence interferometric imaging technique capable of resolving cellular-level anatomic structures...
2016: Scientific Reports
Peng Zhu, Suijun Chen
CONCLUSIONS: The use of the 3D template model in microtia surgery leads to satisfactory results, for its contribution to the engraving and localization of the microtia auricle in auricle reconstruction. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to create an anatomical correct 3D rapid prototyping model for patients with microtia, to assist with the accurate fabrication and localization of a coastal cartilage framework for auricular reconstruction, and patients, who had undergone rib-cartilage reconstruction to treat a congenital auricular defect, were evaluated for aesthetic outcomes following ear reconstruction with a different template model...
September 15, 2016: Acta Oto-laryngologica
Marcus Neudert, Matthias Bornitz, Nikoloz Lasurashvili, Uwe Schmidt, Thomas Beleites, Thomas Zahnert
HYPOTHESIS: Prosthesis' length creates tension in ossicular reconstructions, which directly effects the middle ear sound transmission. BACKGROUND: Relatively long prostheses are often used to stabilize the middle ear reconstruction to prevent dislocation. Thereby, tension on the flexible components such as the tympanic membrane (TM) and the annular ligament (AL) is increased. Only little is known on the amount of displacement-related stiffening of the TM and AL, as well as the consecutive reduction in middle ear transfer function (METF)...
October 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Yarah M Haidar, Sartaaj Walia, Ronald Sahyouni, Yaser Ghavami, Harrison W Lin, Hamid R Djalilian
Split-thickness skin graft (STSG) continues to be the preferred means of external auditory canal (EAC) reconstruction. We thus sought to describe our experience using skin from the posterior aspect of the auricle (SPAA) as a donor site in EAC reconstruction. Grafts were, on average, 5 × 10 mm in size and obtained with a No. 10 blade after tumescence injection. The cases of 39 patients who underwent 41 procedures were retrospectively reviewed. Of the 38 patients with both 3- and 6-month follow-ups, no postoperative stenosis or bony exposure occurred...
September 13, 2016: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Neetha Das, Wouter Biesmans, Alexander Bertrand, Tom Francart
OBJECTIVE: We consider the problem of Auditory Attention Detection (AAD), where the goal is to detect which speaker a person is attending to, in a multi-speaker environment, based on neural activity. This work aims to analyze the influence of head-related filtering and ear-specific decoding on the performance of an AAD algorithm. APPROACH: We recorded high-density EEG of 16 normal-hearing subjects as they listened to two speech streams while tasked to attend to the speaker in either their left or right ear...
October 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
F Firmin, A Marchac
Reconstruction of complex auricular malformations is one of the longest surgical technique to master, because it requires an extremely detailed analysis of the anomaly and of the skin potential, as well as a to learn how to carve a complex 3D structure in costal cartilage. Small anomalies can be taken care of by any plastic surgeon, providing that he/she is aware of all the refinements of ear surgery. In this chapter, we analyze retrospectively 30 years of auricular reconstruction, ranging from small anomalies to microtia (2500 cases), excluding aesthetics variants such as prominent ears...
October 2016: Annales de Chirurgie Plastique et Esthétique
Emanuel A Shapera, Paul D Kim
A 50-year-old African American male with Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) presented to the dermatology clinic for a rapidly enlarging left cheek mass. The mass failed to resolve with conservative measures. A biopsy revealed poorly differentiated Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC). He was referred to Head and Neck Surgery and successfully underwent a resection with free flap reconstruction. Postoperatively he did well. Squamous cell skin carcinomas arising from lesions of Discoid Lupus are rare and aggressive tumors with greater likelihood of metastases...
2016: Case Reports in Surgery
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