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Post-thyroidectomy hypocalcemia: Impact on length of stay

July 20, 2015     Joe Grainger, FRCS; Mohammed Ahmed, MRCP; Rousseau Gama, FRCPath; Leonard Liew, FRCS; Harit Buch, FRCP; Ronald J. Cullen, FRCS

Abstract

Hypocalcemia is a recognized complication following thyroid surgery. Variability in the definition of hypocalcemia and different opinions on its management can lead to unnecessary patient morbidity and longer hospital stays as a result of inappropriate or untimely treatment. Therefore, we developed a management guideline for the recognition and treatment of post-thyroidectomy hypocalcemia, and we conducted a retrospective study to assess its impact on length of stay (LOS). Between April 1, 2007, and March 31, 2009, 29 adults had undergone a total or completion thyroidectomy at our large district general hospital. Of this group, postoperative hypocalcemia (defined as a serum calcium level of <2.00 mmol/L) developed in 13 patients (44.8%) during the first 3 postoperative days. Our guideline went into effect on July 1, 2009, and from that date through June 30, 2010, 18 more adults had undergone a total or completion thyroidectomy. Of that group, hypocalcemia developed in 7 patients (38.9%); the guideline was actually followed in 5 of these 7 cases (71.4%). In the preguideline group, the development of hypocalcemia increased the mean LOS from 2.0 days to 7.0 days (p < 0.001). The management of postoperative hypocalcemia in these cases was highly variable and was dictated by variations in practice rather than patient needs. In the postguideline group, postoperative hypocalcemia increased the mean LOS from 2.7 days to only 3.7 days (p = 0.07). While the difference between LOS in the two hypocalcemic groups did not reach statistical significance, we believe it merely reflects the relatively small number of patients rather than any lack of guideline efficacy. The implementation of a simple flowchart guideline for the management of postoperative hypocalcemia in our hospital has resulted in more uniform management and a reduced LOS.

Nasal myiasis: A case report

July 20, 2015     Zrria L. White, MD; Michael W. Chu, MD; Richard J. Hood, MD

Abstract

Nasal myiasis is a rare condition, with only a few reported cases and no treatment consensus. We propose a conservative treatment approach with saline irrigation and debridement. Two patients in the ICU of Norfolk General Hospital, a tertiary academic referral center, presented simultaneously with nasal myiasis. Both patients were negative for necrotic masses or tumors, and neither patient had any contributory medical comorbidities. Both patients were treated conservatively with a single dose of pyrantel pamoate, daily sinus irrigation with saline, and daily bedside endoscopic debridement. After 2 days, the nasal myiasis resolved, and both patients recovered without sequelae. We conclude that this conservative, nonsurgical approach to management is both safe and effective.

Erratum

July 20, 2015    

Upper aerodigestive amyloidosis

July 20, 2015     Jaime Eaglin Moore, MD; Amanda Hu, MD; Al Hillel, MD

As the patient was asymptomatic, close observation and only laser excision were recommended if the patient's condition progressed.

Diplopia: An uncommon presentation of silent sinus syndrome

July 20, 2015     Juan Gomez, MD; David Liu, MD; Enrique Palacios, MD; Jeremy Nguyen, MD

The etiology of the disease is based on the primary predisposing factor, which is an obstruction of the ostiomeatal complex that results in hypoventilation of the maxillary sinus gases

Intratympanic membrane congenital cholesteatoma

July 20, 2015     Hiroshi Sakaida, MD, PhD; Kazuhiko Takeuchi, MD, PhD

Cholesteatoma should be differentiated from other conditions with similar otoscopic findings, such as myringosclerosis.

The ostium of the posterior ethmoid sinus seen in the superior meatus

July 20, 2015     Dewey A. Christmas, MD; Joseph P. Mirante, MD, FACS; Eiji Yanagisawa, MD, FACS

The division of the anterior from the posterior ethmoid cells is determined by the basal lamella of the middle turbinate.

Cervical necrotizing fasciitis as a complication of acute epiglottitis managed with minimally aggressive surgical intervention: Case report

July 20, 2015     Rajesh Babu Gollapalli, MBBS, MS(ENT), DORL; Ana Nusa Naiman, FRACS; David Merry, FRACS

Abstract

Cervical necrotizing fasciitis secondary to epiglottitis is rare. The standard treatment of this severe condition has long been early and aggressive surgical debridement and adequate antimicrobial therapy. We report the case of an immunocompetent 59-year-old man who developed cervical necrotizing fasciitis as a complication of acute epiglottitis. We were able to successfully manage this patient with conservative surgical treatment (incision and drainage, in addition to antibiotic therapy) that did not involve aggressive debridement.

Oncocytic mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the parotid gland: A case report and review of the literature

July 20, 2015     Deepali Jain, MD; Nabeen C. Nayak, MD

Abstract

Oncocytic metaplasia rarely has been reported in mucoepidermoid carcinomas. Most salivary gland lesions with oncocytic change are benign; therefore, it is important to distinguish mucoepidermoid carcinoma from other entities that may show prominent oncocytic change. We report a rare case of oncocytic mucoepidermoid carcinoma in a 65-year-old woman.

Two cases of thyroid rupture after blunt cervical trauma

July 20, 2015     Ji Hoon Shin, MD; Yong Bae Ji, MD; Jin Hyeok Jeong, MD; Seung Hwan Lee, MD; Kyung Tae, MD

Abstract

The consequences of thyroid gland rupture following blunt cervical trauma can be quite grave. Almost all of these cases are associated with preexisting thyroid lesions; the traumatic rupture of a previously normal thyroid gland is very rare. Both surgical and nonsurgical management techniques have been advocated for thyroid injuries, but there is still no consensus on treatment. We report cases of thyroid gland rupture following blunt cervical trauma in 2 patients: a 24-year-old man with a previously normal thyroid and an 8-year-old boy with a preexisting thyroid nodule. The man was treated surgically and the boy was treated conservatively. Based on our experience with these cases and our review of the literature, we propose treatment guidelines for thyroid injuries.

Salivary gland adenoid cystic carcinoma

July 20, 2015     Lester D.R. Thompson, MD

Tumors are poorly circumscribed with an infiltrative border, including extracapsular extension beyond the salivary gland.

Anthracosis: An unusual cause of vocal fold paralysis

July 20, 2015     Sedat Aydin, MD; Ozlem Celebi, MD; Merve Kiroglu, MD; Mehmet G&ouml;khan Demir, MD

Abstract

Anthracotic pigmentation in the bronchial mucosa is a bronchoscopic finding of pneumoconiosis, or evidence of heavy atmospheric soot. This pigmentation in the tracheobronchial mucosa is surrounded by calcified or noncalcified lymph nodes. Anthracosis is not a previously known cause of left vocal fold paralysis. We present what we believe to be the first reported case of anthracosis-caused vocal fold paralysis.

Cervical lipoblastoma: An uncommon presentation

July 20, 2015     Rohaizam Jaafar, MD; Tang Ing Ping, MS(ORL-HNS); Doris Evelyn Jong Yah Hui, MS(ORL-HNS); Mohammad Zulkarnaen Ahmad Narihan, MPath

Abstract

Lipoblastoma is extremely rare and mainly occurs in children younger than 3 years old. It is predominantly found in the extremities and trunk. Head and neck region occurrences are rare; only 4 such cases involving patients who presented with stridor have been previously reported. We report the fifth case of lipoblastoma of the neck with stridor in a 9-year-old girl, which had gradually worsened over the previous year. Imaging showed a retrotracheal mass extending superiorly to the thyroid level and inferiorly to below the carina of the trachea. Total resection of the tumor was performed, and the histopathologic findings were consistent with lipoblastoma. Postoperatively, the patient was well with no complications.

Maxillary sinus angiomyolipoma: A case report and overview

July 20, 2015     Steven M. Weindling, MD; David M. Menke, MD; William E. Bolger, MD, FACS

Abstract

Otolaryngologists are called upon to evaluate and treat sinonasal masses discovered incidentally on imaging studies. Although common conditions such as sinonasal polyps and mucus retention cysts predominate, it is prudent practice to formulate a differential diagnosis to identify unusual conditions. We present a case of a maxillary sinus mass in a 78-year-old man that was discovered incidentally on brain imaging and subsequently identified on biopsy as an angiomyolipoma (AML). AMLs are benign hamartomatous tumors that rarely occur in extrarenal locations. Only a few cases have been reported in the nasal cavity. We believe our case represents the first reported instance of AML arising within a maxillary sinus. Identification of intratumoral fat within the mass on imaging studies may suggest the diagnosis of AML preoperatively. Close interdisciplinary collaboration among the otorhinolaryngology, radiology, and pathology services is beneficial for patient management. We report this case to raise awareness that AML can arise in this previously unreported location. Moreover, we wish to emphasize that AML should be considered in the differential diagnosis when imaging studies demonstrate a well-defined, heterogeneous, fat-containing solitary mass in the nasal cavity or maxillary sinus.

On the appropriateness of norm- and criterion-referenced assessments in medical education

July 20, 2015     Kenneth D. Royal, PhD, MSEd; Thomas R. Guskey, PhD

Primary melanoma of the petrous temporal bone

July 20, 2015     Jonathan L. McJunkin, MD; Richard J. Wiet, MD, FACS

Abstract

Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes that is predominantly found in the skin. In rare cases, it arises from mucosal melanocytes. We describe a case of a solitary melanoma of the petrous apex of the temporal bone in a 67-year-old woman who presented with sudden hearing loss, aural fullness, and headaches, all on the right side. Magnetic resonance imaging identified a mass located at the right petrous apex; the lesion was hyperintense on T1-weighted imaging and isointense on T2 weighting, and it enhanced brightly with gadolinium contrast. The patient underwent removal of the lesion via a transcochlear approach with facial nerve translocation. Intra- and postoperative pathology identified a poorly differentiated malignancy consistent with a melanoma. Further investigations found no evidence of metastasis. Given a concern for residual disease, the patient was treated with radiation to the primary site. To the best of our knowledge, only 1 other case of primary melanoma of the petrous apex has been described in the literature.

Sweet syndrome: A case report and review of the literature

July 20, 2015     Robert B. Contrucci, DO; Donna Bilu Martin, MD

Abstract

Sweet syndrome (acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis) is a disorder of unknown etiology. It has been associated with autoimmune processes, malignancies, infections, drug reactions, and gastrointestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease. We describe the case of a 51-year-old man who presented with severe pain in his tongue and throat and referred pain in his right ear, along with odynophagia, fever, and hoarseness of 48 hours'duration. An oral and oropharyngeal examination revealed the presence of aphthous ulcerations, as well as a 3 x 3-cm raised inflammatory lesion on the right anterior lateral tongue and a 5 x 5-mm bulla on the hard palate in the midline. In addition, erythematous papules and macules were noted on his face, neck, and extremities. Cultures, a biopsy, and laboratory tests yielded a diagnosis of Sweet syndrome. The patient was prescribed oral prednisone, and his signs and symptoms resolved within 2 months. Although Sweet syndrome is uncommon, even in dermatology practice, its head and neck and oral manifestations and its association with paraneoplastic disease warrant the need for otolaryngologists to be aware of the condition.

Fetal rhabdomyoma of the tongue in a newborn

July 20, 2015     Nicole L. Aaronson, MD; Julia C.D. Toman, MD; Michael Z. Lerner, MD; Eric D. Baum, MD

Most extra-cardiac rhabdomyomas in the oral cavity arise in the floor of mouth,

Radiographic findings of a well-differentiated sinonasal neuroendocrine neoplasm: Case report and review of the literature

July 20, 2015     Cui Ping Mao, PhD; Ming Zhang, MD; Chen Niu, PhD; Min Li, MD; Yuan Wang, MD

Abstract

Typical carcinoid is a rare tumor among other neuroendocrine neoplasms that occur in the nasal cavity. Only a few cases of typical carcinoids in the nasal cavity have been reported. We report a case of typical carcinoid of the nasal cavity in a 61-year-old man who had a history of persistent nasal obstruction and epistaxis for approximately 17 years. Computed tomography revealed a huge, lobulated mass in the nasal cavity with extension into the posterior sphenoid sinus. Extensive bone destruction could be seen in the neighboring sphenoid sinus. MR imaging suggested that the tumor was close to the dura. The final histologic evaluation of the excised biopsy specimen yielded a diagnosis of a well-differentiated neuroendocrine neoplasm (typical carcinoid). In this article, the relevant reports in the literature are reviewed, and the role of radiographic findings on tumor diagnosis and on the establishment of a surgery plan is emphasized.

A rare case of malignant fibrous histiocytoma (pleomorphic undifferentiated sarcoma NOS) of the vocal fold

July 20, 2015     Jin Pyeong Kim, MD; Jin Yong Kim, MD; Gyung Hyuck Ko, MD; Seung Hoon Woo, MD

Abstract

Malignant fibrous histiocytoma, also known as pleomorphic undifferentiated sarcoma not otherwise specified, arises in numerous organs. The first-line treatment is complete excision of the mass, but in some cases postoperative chemo- and/or radiotherapy is recommended. Only a few cases of malignant fibrous histiocytoma of the vocal fold have been previously reported in the literature. We report a new case, which originated in the true vocal fold of a 65-year-old man. The mass was removed via CO2 laser excision with preservation of the vocal fold and without the need for further treatment. At 3 years of follow-up, the patient remained recurrence-free.

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