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Aberrant position of nonrecurrent inferior laryngeal nerve: Report of 3 cases and a review of the literature

June 14, 2016  |  Thomas J. Willson, MD; Jayne Stevens, MD; Nathan Salinas, MD; Joseph A. Brennan, MD


The presence of a nonrecurrent inferior laryngeal nerve (NRILN) is a significant risk factor for nerve injury during thyroid, parathyroid, and vascular surgeries involving the paratracheal area of the head and neck. The objective of this report is to review the association...

Endoscopic identification and powered removal of the uncinate process

April 30, 2016  |  Dewey A. Christmas, MD; Joseph P. Mirante, MD, MBA, FACS; Eiji Yanagisawa, MD, FACS

The identification and complete removal of the uncinate process results in a widened middle meatus and access to the ethmoid bulla, the frontal recess, and the outflow tract of the maxillary sinus.

Gore-Tex extrusion following type I thyroplasty

April 30, 2016  |  Natalie A. Krane, MD; Amanda Hu, MD, FRCSC; Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Many different types of implants can be used for medialization thyroplasty, including Gore-Tex, Silastic, titanium, hydroxyapatite, and other materials.

Improved visualization of a dehiscent facial nerve with otoendoscopy

April 30, 2016  |  James G. Naples, MD; John W. House, MD; Benjamin J. Wycherly, MD

In middle ear surgery, endoscopy is a valuable instrument for second-look procedures in cholesteatoma.

An extended toboggan technique for resection of substernal thyroid goiters

April 30, 2016  |  Catherine F. Sinclair, MD; Glenn E. Peters, MD; William R. Carroll, MD


We describe our technique for the safe resection of substernal thyroid goiters. Early mobilization of the thyroid gland from tracheal attachments anteriorly and laterally facilitates extraction of the goiter from the mediastinum. Retrograde dissection through the ligament of...

Efficacy of allograft fascia lata in tympanic membrane repair

April 30, 2016  |  Ashley O'Connell Ferster, MD; Joel Jones, MD; John Davis, AuD; Brittany Weber, MD; Mary Hawkshaw, RN, BSN, CORLN; Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS


We conducted a retrospective study to determine the efficacy of allograft fascia lata in both primary and revision tympanic membrane surgery (myringoplasty). Our patient population included 64 patients-31 men and 33 women, aged 19 to 98 years (mean: 49.5)-who had undergone...

A limited thoracocervical approach for accessing the anterior mediastinum in retrosternal goiters: Surgical technique and implications for the management of head and neck emergencies

March 16, 2016  |  Petros V. Vlastarakos, MD, MSc, PhD, IDO-HNS(Eng); Aaron Trinidade, MD, PGDip, MRCS, DO-HNS; Marie-Claire Jaberoo, MD, FRCS(ORL-HNS), DO-HNS; George Mochloulis, MD, CCST(ORL-HNS)


In this article we describe the surgical management of retrosternal goiters via a limited thoracocervical approach, and we explore how the respective surgical know-how can be used in the management of the carotid blowout syndrome. Four cases involving patients who had undergone...

The economic impact of revision otologic surgery

March 16, 2016  |  Sahar Nadimi, MD; John P. Leonetti, MD; George Pontikis, MD


Revision otologic surgery places a significant economic burden on patients and the healthcare system. We conducted a retrospective chart analysis to estimate the economic impact of revision canal-wall-down (CWD) mastoidectomy. We reviewed the medical records of all 189 adults...

Ultrasonography-guided minimally invasive removal of parotid calculi: A prudent approach

February 24, 2016  |  Uma Patnaik, MS, DNB; Sreejith Nair, MS; Atul Mishra, MD


The trend in modern salivary calculi surgery is toward minimally invasive procedures because these benign conditions do not warrant open salivary gland surgery. Since ultrasonography is readily available, highly specific, noninvasive, and cost-effective, we have used an...

Repair of a posterior perforation of the trachea following thyroidectomy with a muscle transposition flap

February 24, 2016  |  Alistair B. Escott, MBChB; Rosalynd S. Pochin, MBBS, BSc (Hons), FRACS


Tracheal perforation is a rare postoperative complication of total thyroidectomy. While previously documented cases have been reported in the anterior aspect of the trachea after a total thyroidectomy, we report what we believe is the first documented case of a perforation in...

External auditory canal stenting with nonlatex glove and Gelfoam

February 24, 2016  |  Judy C. Pan, MD; Tucker M. Harris, MD


External auditory canal stenosis, although uncommon, is a condition that is sometimes encountered by otolaryngologists. This condition has been shown to result from inflammatory changes that may be incited by many different causes. Various methods of stenting the canal open...

Laser myringoplasty for tympanic membrane retraction

February 24, 2016  |  Brian S. Chen, MD; John W. House, MD; James V. Crawford, MD

Only selected patients are good candidates for this procedure. Patients who are able to lift their TM with the Valsalva maneuver are ideal.


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