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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

Abstract

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

Abstract

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

Abstract

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

Abstract

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

Abstract

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...

Behcet disease as a cause of hearing loss: A prospective, placebo-controlled study of 29 patients

March 25, 2013  |  Ozgur Kemal, MD; Yucel Anadolu, MD; Ayse Boyvat, MD; and Ahmet Tataragasi, AuD

Abstract

We conducted a prospective, placebo-controlled study to determine the incidence and severity of inner ear involvement and hearing loss in patients with Behçet disease. Our study population was made up of 29 patients with Behçet disease and 28 healthy controls. Audiometric pure-...

An extruded ossicular prosthesis

February 25, 2013  |  Willis S.S. Tsang, FRCSEd(ORL); Michael C.F. Tong, MD(CUHK); C. Andrew van Hasselt, M Med(Otol)

Extrusion of ossicular prostheses results from postoperative tympanic membrane medialization. The incorporation of cartilage grafting material is recommended to minimize extrusion.

Primary mucosal melanoma arising from the eustachian tube with CTLA-4, IL-17A, IL-17C, and IL-17E upregulation

January 24, 2013  |  Calvin Wei, MD; Sasis Sirikanjanapong, MD; Seth Lieberman, MD; Mark Delacure, MD; Frank Martiniuk, PhD; William Levis, MD; Beverly Y. Wang, MD

Abstract

Primary malignant melanoma arising from the eustachian tube is extremely rare. We report the case of a 63-year-old white man who presented with a 1-month history of left-sided hearing loss and aural fullness. Flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy detected a blue-purple mass that...

Complicated coexisting pyogenic and tuberculous otitis media affecting the temporozygomatic, infratemporal, and parotid areas: Report of a rare entity

January 24, 2013  |  Tripti Brar, MBBS, MS, DNB; Sumit Mrig, MBBS, MS, DNB; J.C. Passey, MS; A.K. Agarwal, MS; Shayma Jain, MD

Abstract

We report an unusual case in which a 28-year-old woman presented with a long-standing history of ear discharge, hearing loss, facial weakness with ipsilateral facial swelling and cellulitis, a postauricular fistula, and an abscess of the temporozygomatic, infratemporal, and...

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