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Two-flap palatoplasty: Description of the surgical technique and reporting of results at a single center

March 1, 2012  |  Emmanouel Koudoumnakis, MD, Ioannis M. Vlastos, MD, PhD, Kostas Parpounas, MD, PhD, and Michael Houlakis, MD, PhD


Two-flap palatoplasty is commonly used to treat cleft palate defects, but only a few reports on outcomes have been published in the literature. We conducted a retrospective analysis of 257 cases of cleft palate treated with two-flap palatoplasty at a single center in Greece over a 13-year period. Our outcomes data included surgical complication rates, the results of speech assessments, midface development, and other parameters. We found a low rate of short- and long-term complications that required revision surgery, such as symptomatic fistula (5.4%) and velopharyngeal insufficiency (5.3%). Speech outcomes in relation to intelligibility, hypernasality, and nasal emissions were satisfactory in 70 to 86% of patients. Dental arch relationships, as estimated by the 5-Year-Olds Index, were judged to be either good or excellent in 62% of those evaluated. A considerable proportion of patients (45%) who had otitis media with effusion experienced a spontaneous resolution without the use of tympanostomy tubes 2 to 8 months after their operation. We conclude that two-flap palatoplasty is an effective procedure that warrants further attention. We describe the surgical technique in detail. Our technique includes a modified intravelar veloplasty that incorporates near-total muscle retropositioning.

Nasal eosinophilia as a marker for allergic rhinitis: A controlled study of 50 patients

March 1, 2012  |  Akefeh Ahmadiafshar, MD, Daryoosh Taghiloo, MD, Abdolreza Esmailzadeh, PhD, and Behnaz Falakaflaki, MD


Eosinophils are the principal effector cells involved in the pathogenesis of allergic inflammation. We conducted a study to investigate the validity of the nasal smear examination for detecting eosinophilia in patients with allergic rhinitis. Our study group was made up of 50 patients with allergic rhinitis and 50 age- and sex-matched controls without allergic rhinitis. Smears were obtained from nasal secretions in both groups and then fixed, stained, and studied under light microscopy. Statistical analysis revealed that the odds ratio for eosinophilia positivity in nasal smears in the rhinitis group was 25.61 with a 95% confidence interval of 8 to 78. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of this test were 74, 90, 88, and 77%, respectively. We conclude that the nasal eosinophilia test is highly specific and moderately sensitive in diagnosing allergic rhinitis, and that it therefore can be used as an easy, noninvasive, and inexpensive procedure for screening patients and for conducting epidemiologic studies of this disorder.

Additional information: This study was part of Dr. Taghiloo's graduate thesis, and it was supported by the Research Council of the Zanjan University of Medical Sciences.

The association between Helicobacter pylori and laryngopharyngeal reflux in laryngeal pathologies

March 1, 2012  |  Engin Çekin, MD, Mustafa Ozyurt, PhD, Evren Erkul, MD, Koray Ergunay, MD, Hakan Cincik, MD, Burak Kapucu, MD, and Atila Gungor, MD


We conducted a study to determine the presence or absence of Helicobacter pylori and laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) in 43 previously untreated patients who had presented with a laryngeal lesion. Our aim was to determine if there was any association among H pylori, LPR, and laryngeal lesions. H pylori status was determined by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays of biopsy tissue obtained during direct laryngoscopy. The presence or absence of LPR was determined on the basis of patients' reflux symptom index (RSI) and reflux finding score (RFS), which were based on their questionnaire responses and findings on endoscopic examination of the larynx, respectively. Patients with an RSI of 14 or more and/or an RFS of 8 or more were considered to have LPR. H pylori was present in 24 patients (55.8%) and absent in 19 (44.2%)-not a statistically significant difference. The prevalence of LPR was higher than the prevalence of H pylori; it was present in 30 patients (69.8%) and absent in 13 (30.2%). The difference was statistically significant (p = 0.01). We found no association between H pylori status and LPR status. Additionally, we analyzed two subgroups based on whether their lesions were benign or malignant/premalignant and found a significant relationship between LPR positivity and the presence of malignant/premalignant laryngeal lesions (p = 0.03). We found no association between H pylori status and either of the two subgroup categories.

Neuroendocrine carcinoma of the head and neck: A 20-year case series

March 1, 2012  |  Ryan Meacham, MD, Laura Matrka, MD, Enver Ozer, MD, H. Gulcin Ozer, PhD, Paul Wakely, MD, and Manisha Shah, MD


Neuroendocrine carcinoma (NEC) can be an aggressive disease with locoregional and distant metastasis. We present this article (1) to highlight the typical presentation of NEC in head and neck primary sites such as the parotid gland, paranasal sinuses, and supraglottis and (2) to discuss the prognosis of these tumors based on their histologic subtype and stage. We base our comments on the findings of our retrospective review of the cases of 16 adults-10 men and 6 women, aged 43 to 88 years (mean: 65.8)-who had been diagnosed with pathologically confirmed NEC of the head and neck. Analysis of subtypes revealed that 11 of these patients (68.8%) had presented with poorly differentiated NEC, 4 (25.0%) with moderately differentiated NEC, and 1 (6.3%) with well-differentiated NEC. The most common primary sites were the salivary glands (n = 5; 31.3%), paranasal sinuses (n = 4, 25.0%), and larynx (n = 4). There was no statistically significant difference in survival at 24 months between the patients with moderately differentiated NEC and those with poorly differentiated NEC (37.5 vs. 35.4%; p = 0.86); at the end of the study period, the patient with well-differentiated NEC was still living, 129 months after diagnosis. Taken together, patients with stage I, II, and III disease had a combined survival of 77.8% at 12 months, which was significantly higher (p = 0.023) than the 57.1% survival at 12 months for patients with stage IV disease.

Rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty outcome evaluation

March 1, 2012  |  Edward Chisholm, MD, FRCS(ORL-HNS) and Navid Jallali, MBChB(Hons), MD, FRCS(Plast)


Outcome measures are a crucial tool in the analysis and comparison of medical interventions. We review the subjective and objective methods of assessing outcomes of rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty. Both form and function of the nose are considered.

Oral lichen planus

March 1, 2012  |  Lester D.R. Thompson, MD

The cause of lichen planus is not known. Its treatment depends on the specific type--reticular, erosive, or bullous--and usually includes topical or systemic corticosteroids and topical antifungal agents. Patients require lifelong monitoring and/or therapy.

Ventricular cyst of the larynx

March 1, 2012  |  Johnathan B. Sataloff, Rima A. DeFatta, MD, Mary J. Hawkshaw, BSN, RN, CORLN, and Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA FACS

Surgery for supraglottic cysts may not be necessary in patients in whom the cysts do not grow or interfere with phonation, if these patients will comply with follow-up for close observation. If the mass enlarges or causes severe enough symptoms to warrant the risks of surgery, excision is usually safe and effective.

Is there an ototoxicity risk from Cortisporin and comparable otic suspensions? Distortion-product otoacoustic emission findings

March 1, 2012  |  Leonard P. Berenholz, MD, Dyana L. Rossi, MA, William H. Lippy, MD, and John M. Burkey, MA


The purpose of this investigation was to use distortion-product otoacoustic emission (DPOAE) testing to address the issue of possible ototoxicity from the use of neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone otic suspension following tympanostomy tube placement. We retrospectively reviewed our clinical records and identified 36 children (52 ears) who had met our three study criteria: (1) unilateral or bilateral placement of transtympanic ventilation tubes, (2) treatment for 3 to 5 days with neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone drops, and (3) postoperative evaluation by DPOAE testing. We identified another set of 36 children (52 ears) who had not received these drops and who had not undergone tube placement but who had been evaluated by DPOAE testing to serve as a control group. We found no significant differences in DPOAE amplitudes between the treatment and control groups. These findings are consistent with decades of clinical experience indicating that neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone otic suspension is safe when used responsibly.

A prospective study to evaluate the efficacy of isopropyl alcohol irrigations to prevent cerumen impaction

March 1, 2012  |  Herbert Silverstein, MD, FACS, Benjamin J. Wycherly, MD, Yadiel Alameda, MD, and Mark J. Van Ess, DO


We conducted a prospective crossover study to assess the safety and efficacy of 70% isopropyl alcohol delivered from a squeezable bottle with a specially designed tip as a weekly irrigant to reduce cerumen accumulation. Twenty patients were divided into 2 groups of 10 (20 ears in each group). The patients in group 1 instilled 70% isopropyl alcohol once a week for 2 months; this was followed by 2 months of no ear cleaning. The patients in group 2 performed the opposite routine. At each visit (0, 2, and 4 mo), cerumen accumulation was graded on a scale of 0 to 4, indicating 0, 25, 50, 75, and 100% occlusion, respectively. After the accumulation was graded, a cerumenectomy was performed. At the initial evaluation, the mean occlusion scores were 3.1 for group 1 and 3.3 for group 2-not a statistically significant difference. After the first 2 months of the study, there was a significant difference in occlusion scores between groups 1 and 2 (0.75 and 1.55, respectively; p < 0.0002). At 4 months, after the crossover, the occlusion scores were 1.15 and 0.95, respectively, not a significant difference (p = 0.38). At study's end, there were also significant differences within each group between occlusion scores obtained during the treatment and nontreatment periods (group 1: p < 0.02; group 2: p < 0.01). All patients tolerated the alcohol rinse well, and there were no cases of external otitis or other complications. We conclude that weekly irrigation with 70% isopropyl alcohol is safe and reduces the accumulation of cerumen in the external auditory canal. Routine use should decrease the number of office visits for cerumen removal and hearing aid cleaning.

Osteoma of the external auditory canal

March 1, 2012  |  Andrew J. Ebelhar, BS and Arun K. Gadre, MD, FACS

Single osteomas can be removed surgically via one of two routes, depending on their location. Those arising lateral to the isthmus of the external auditory canal can be removed under local anesthesia using a transmeatal approach; those arising medial to the isthmus should be removed under general anesthesia using a postauricular approach.