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Ganglioneuromas involving the hypoglossal nerve and the vagus nerve in a child: Surgical difficulties

February 24, 2016  |  Jaimanti Bakshi, MS, MNAMS; Abdul Wadood Mohammed, MS; Saudamini Lele, MS; Ritambra Nada, MD

Abstract

Ganglioneuromas are benign tumors that arise from the Schwann cells of the autonomic nervous system. They are usually seen in the posterior mediastinum and the paraspinal retroperitoneum in relation to the sympathetic chain. In the head and neck, they are usually related to the...

Changes in the nasalance of vowels within the first week following uvulopalatopharyngoplasty

February 24, 2016  |  Cheng-Chien Yang, MD; Ying-Piao Wang, MD, PhD; Chin-Wen Chang, MSc SLP

Abstract

We conducted a retrospective study to evaluate the short-term effect of uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) on changes in the nasalance of five vowels: /a/, /ε/, /i/, /ɔ/, and /u/. Our study group was made up of 20 patients-15 males and 5 females, aged 16 to 57 years (mean: 37.3...

Globus sensation and laryngopharyngeal reflux

October 31, 2015  |  Michael J. Knabel, BS; Jonathan M. Bock, MD, FACS

Some study results have suggested that psychological factors such as depression and anxiety can influence the etiology of globus.

Acinic cell carcinoma of the posterior wall of the pharynx

April 28, 2015  |  Gökhan Erpek, MD; Ceren Günel, MD; Ibrahim Meteoğlu, MD

Abstract

Acinic cell carcinoma accounts for approximately 2 to 6% of all salivary gland tumors. It usually originates in the parotid gland; the minor salivary glands and the upper respiratory tract are involved only infrequently. We describe a case of acinic cell carcinoma of the...

Potentially lethal pharyngolaryngeal edema with dyspnea in adult patients with mumps: A series of 5 cases

April 28, 2015  |  Masafumi Ohki, MD; Yuka Baba, MD; Shigeru Kikuchi, PhD; Atsushi Ohata, PhD; Takeshi Tsutsumi, PhD; Sunao Tanaka, MD; Atsushi Tahara, MD; Shinji Urata, MD; Junichi Ishikawa, MD

Abstract

In this article we describe 5 rare cases of mumps-associated pharyngolaryngeal edema. To the best of our knowledge, this report includes the first case of mumps-associated pharyngolaryngeal edema in a patient who had previously received mumps vaccination, and these cases...

The harm of ham hocks: Foreign body impaction in long-standing multiple sclerosis

March 2, 2015  |  Anish Patel, MD; Jacqueline Weinstein, MD; Mandy Weidenhaft, MD; Enrique Palacios, MD, FACR

The incidence of foreign body impaction in neurologic dysfunctional swallowing, such as in multiple sclerosis (MS), has been not widely reported.

Plexiform schwannoma of the posterior pharyngeal wall in a patient with neurofibromatosis 2

March 2, 2015  |  Luca Raimondo, MD; Massimiliano Garzaro, MD; Jasenka Mazibrada, MD, PhD; Giancarlo Pecorari, MD; Carlo Giordano, MD

Abstract

We report a case of plexiform schwannoma of the posterior pharyngeal wall that occurred in a 37-year-old man who had been previously diagnosed with neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2). Plexiform schwannoma has been rarely reported in association with NF2. Moreover, as far as we know...

Bilateral Eagle syndrome causing dysphagia

February 2, 2015  |  Lyndsay L. Madden, DO; Roxann Diez Gross, PhD; Libby J. Smith, DO

Patients with Eagle syndrome often report symptoms that include dysphagia, otalgia, throat pain, globus sensation, facial pain, headache, taste disturbances, and dental pain that worsen with chewing, head and tongue movements, and swallowing.

Retropharyngeal masses in neurofibromatosis type 1: Imaging findings in 2 cases

December 19, 2014  |  Roy Riascos, MD; Jennifer Dodds, MD; Nirav Patel, MD

Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1) affects mesenchymal development via multisystemic manifestations. We present 2 cases of NF-1 that manifested as a retropharyngeal mass-1 as a lateral cervical meningocele in a 60-year-old man and the other as a focal neurofibroma in a 37-year-old man. Contrast-...

Fusobacterium necrophorum in a pediatric retropharyngeal abscess: A case report and review of the literature

December 19, 2014  |  Jeffrey Cheng, MD; Andrew J. Kleinberger, MD; Andrew Sikora, MD, PhD

We present the case of a 17-year-old boy who developed a deep space neck infection following cervical trauma. He was initially managed conservatively with broad-spectrum antibiotics, but when he failed to improve clinically, he required surgical drainage. Wound cultures grew Fusobacterium...

Synchronous double cancers of the hypopharynx: Malignant fibrous histiocytoma and squamous cell carcinoma

October 18, 2014  |  Shao-Cheng Liu, MD; Wan-Fu Su, MD

Abstract

We report a unique case of synchronous double hypopharyngeal tumors in a 39-year-old man. The patient presented with a 1-year history of a muffled voice and mild odynophagia. Laryngoscopy detected two grossly different tumors in the hypopharynx: a malignant fibrous histiocytoma...

Transoral approach to a deep-lobe parotid tumor

October 18, 2014  |  Lyndon Gonzalez, BS; Alex Fernandez, MS; Belinda Mantle, MD

Because of their location in this potential space, parapharyngeal tumors tend to be asymptomatic and remain undetected for a long time.

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