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Tympanic paraganglioma

May 8, 2014  |  Danielle M. Blake, BA; Senja Tomovic, MD; Robert W. Jyung, MD

Patients classically present with pulsatile tinnitus and a red mass medial to the tympanic membrane. Some patients may have findings of a red mass that blanches with pneumatic otoscopy, called Brown's sign.

Implants in otology

March 19, 2014  |  Barry E. Hirsch, MD

Progress in technology facilitates progress in patient care.

Delayed recovery of speech discrimination after fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy for vestibular schwannoma in neurofibromatosis 2

February 12, 2014  |  Michael Hoa, MD; Eric P. Wilkinson, MD; and William H. Slattery III, MD


Hearing loss commonly occurs after radiation therapy for an acoustic neuroma, and it is highly unusual for hearing to return after a prolonged period of time. We report the case of a 12-year-old boy with neurofibromatosis 2 who underwent fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy...

Unilateral sensorineural hearing loss and facial nerve paralysis associated with low-voltage electrical shock

February 12, 2014  |  Mahmut Ozkiris;, MD


Electrical injuries can occur as a result of contact with low- or high-voltage electricity. Low-voltage injuries are more common, as they usually occur in the home, but reports in the literature are few. After exposure to electric current, almost every organ system in the body...

Temporal bone fracture

January 21, 2014  |  Danielle M. Blake, BA; Senja Tomovic, MD; Robert W. Jyung, MD

Transverse fractures account for approximately 20% of temporal bone fractures. They occur secondary to frontal or occipital head trauma, and they run perpendicular to the petrous pyramid.

Vertebral artery dissection: An unusual cause of transient ataxia, vertigo, and sensorineural hearing loss

December 20, 2013  |  Leila L. Touil, MBChB; Glen James Watson, FRCS, DOHNS; Michael Small, FRCS


We present the case of a 33-year-old man who was admitted with intermittent ataxia, vertigo, and sensorineural hearing loss as a result of a vertebral artery dissection following minor neck trauma. Our aim is to highlight the importance of obtaining magnetic resonance imaging,...

Bilateral middle cranial fossa encephaloceles presenting as conductive hearing loss

December 20, 2013  |  Colleen T. Plein, MD; Alexander J. Langerman, MD; Miriam I. Redleaf, MD


We report a case involving a patient with bilateral middle cranial fossa encephaloceles extending into the middle ear and causing conductive hearing loss. An obese, 47-year-old woman with a history of a seizure disorder presented with a slow-onset subjective hearing loss....

Extrusion of hydroxyapatite ossicular prosthesis

October 24, 2013  |  Danielle M. Blake, BA; Senja Tomovic, MD; Robert W. Jyung, MD

Extrusion of hydroxyapatite prostheses is unfortunately a common complication of middle ear surgery.

Medial canal fibrosis

September 19, 2013  |  Joseph A. Ursick, MD; John W. House, MD

Medial canal fibrosis is an uncommon condition characterized by progressive stenosis of the bony external auditory canal.

Paraganglioma presenting as cholesterol granuloma of the petrous apex

September 19, 2013  |  Selena E. Heman-Ackah, MD, MBA; Tina C. Huang, MD


We report the unique finding of a petrous apex cholesterol granuloma associated with a paraganglioma, also known as a glomus jugulare tumor, in a 52-year-old woman who presented to our department with pulsatile tinnitus, hearing loss, aural fullness, and disequilibrium....

Transient auditory dysfunction: A description and study of prevalence

August 22, 2013  |  Laurence Maximilian Almond, MB ChB; Ketul Patel, MB ChB; and Darius Rejali, MB ChB


Transient auditory dysfunction (TAD) is a previously undescribed symptom complex of unknown cause. It is characterized by short-lasting sensorineural hearing loss (unilateral or bilateral), it is associated with tinnitus, it resolves completely within minutes, and it is not...

Cicatricial external auditory canal stenosis caused by ectodermal dysplasia: Rapp-Hodgkin syndrome

June 12, 2013  |  Amanda B. Sosulski, MD and James D. Hayes, MD


We present a case of recurrent cicatricial stenosis of the external ear canals caused by ectodermal dysplasia, specifically Rapp-Hodgkin syndrome, in a 45-year-old woman. No form of medical or surgical management has produced durable patency of the patient's ear canals, and her...


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