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Epithelioid hemangioendothelioma of tongue presenting as a papilloangioma in a pregnant woman

August 21, 2016  |  Mainak Dutta, MS; Kuntal Roy, MD

Otolaryngologists dealing with proliferative, vessel-rich oral lesions should consider epithelioid hemangioendothelioma as one of the possibilities because it might recur or metastasize, requiring aggressive management.

Mulberry hypertrophy and accompanying sinonasal pathologies: A review of 68 cases

August 21, 2016  |  Davut Akduman, MD; Mehmet Haksever, MD; Muhammed Yanilmaz, MD; Fevzi Solmaz, MD


Mulberry hypertrophy occasionally coexists with sinonasal pathologies. There are very few reports in the literature on this clinical entity. We conducted a retrospective study to draw attention to this condition in the context of accompanying sinonasal pathologies. Our study group was made up of 68 patients-51 males and 17 females, aged 13 to 57 years (mean: 34.9)-who had been diagnosed with mulberry hypertrophy and at least one accompanying sinonasal pathology. All patients had a long-standing chronic discharge. Forty-nine of these patients (72.1%) had unilateral mulberry hypertrophy. The most common concomitant pathologies were chronic rhinosinusitis and ostiomeatal complex disease; others included septal deviation, nasal polyposis, allergic rhinitis, and concha bullosa. Thirty-six patients (52.9%) with varying degrees of choanal/nasal obstruction were operated on with endoscopic excision to treat the mulberry hypertrophy. In all, most patients underwent some sort of surgery to treat either the mulberry hypertrophy or the accompanying sinonasal pathology. Based on our findings, we suggest a clinical staging system to serve as a way to standardize management and guide future basic and clinical research.

Audiologic changes after pinna augmentation

August 21, 2016  |  Kavit Amin, MBBS, BSc(Hons), MRCS(Eng); Robert Hone, MBBS, MRCS; Rahul Kanegaonkar, BSc, DLO, FRCS(ORL-HNS)


No studies to date have objectively assessed whether pinna morphology affects sound intensity detected within the external auditory canal (EAC). Commonly performed procedures on the EAC are carried out for acquired and congenital pathology, together with correction of ear deformities. Our aim was to use an experimental model to identify whether a relationship exists between pinna shape and its subsequent effect on the hearing subject. An anatomically accurate and life-size model made of rubber composite was used for this study. Serial sections (small wedge, defect open; small wedge, defect closed; large wedge, defect open; large wedge, defect closed [equivalent to a protruding ear]; and pinnectomy) were undertaken, and the sound intensity changes assessed at the junction between the EAC and middle ear (tympanic membrane position) using an AURICAL Plus (Otometrics; Taastrup, Denmark) sound processor. A statistically significant loss was demonstrated for wedge-excised models, which was greatest at 180° azimuth. This loss was significantly reduced when the wedge defects were closed. A statistically significant improvement was demonstrated in the protruding (“bat”) ear model compared with the normal ear at 0° azimuth. In this model, gain in sound intensity is adversely affected by pinna wedge resection. Because this change may be increased in those with protruding ears, this factor is important to consider for all cosmetic and noncosmetic operations to the pinna, and it supports the notion that the pinna is not a simple funnel.

Postoperative hypofunctioning of the thyroid gland after total laryngectomy

August 21, 2016  |  Sirshak Dutta, MS, DLO; Kaustuv Das Biswas, MS, DLO; Soumya Ghatak, MS; Dibakar Haldar, MD; Indranil Sen, MS; Ramanuj Sinha, MS, DNB


Primary laryngeal carcinoma is a common cancer, predominantly affecting males. Hypothyroidism is an undesirable sequela of both surgery and radiotherapy, the two most commonly used modalities of treatment. For advanced cases, standard treatment protocol includes total laryngectomy and neck dissection along with pre- or postoperative radiotherapy. Hemithyroidectomy is also routinely performed as an integral part of total laryngectomy. In the present study, assessment of the function of the remaining half of the thyroid gland has been done in cases of total laryngectomies in combination with uni- or bilateral neck dissection and pre- or postoperative radiotherapy. This prospective, observational study was carried out for a period of 5 years in the Otolaryngology Department of R.G. Kar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India, involving a dynamic cohort of patients with advanced laryngeal carcinoma (stage T3 or T4a) who underwent total laryngectomy (including hemithyroidectomy) and bilateral or unilateral neck dissection for primary laryngeal cancer along with preoperative and postoperative radiotherapy. Assessment of the thyroid function was based on the measurement of serum thyroid-stimulating hormone and free thyroxine levels. The results revealed that 23.8%, 45.2%, and 73.8% patients developed either clinical or subclinical hypothyroid state at 6, 12, and 24 weeks, respectively, after the surgery. The estimation of relative risk (RR) was found to be most prominent among the group belonging to the “preoperative radiation with bilateral neck dissection” group at all levels of assessments, but all of the RRs were found to be insignificant per their 95% confidence intervals. Superiority of any method could not be established or refuted firmly due to the small sample size of the study. We presume that in the future, a study with a larger sample size, involving a meta-analysis of multicentric data, would be the most suitable method to throw some light on this issue.

Vocal fold granulomas

August 21, 2016  |  Helen Lesser, BS; Amy Rutt, DO; Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Occasionally, even after excellent reflux control, surgical removal and steroid injection into the base of the granulomas, application of mitomycin C, and voice therapy, patients develop recurrent granulomas.

Functional and psychological impact of nasal bone fractures sustained during sports activities: A survey of 87 patients

August 21, 2016  |  Paul Lennon, FRCS(ORL-HNS); Sam Jaber, MRCS; John E. Fenton, FRCSI, FRCS(ORL)


Nasal bone fractures that require reduction are a common sequela of sports injuries. We conducted a survey to ascertain the outcomes of patients who had experienced a nasal bone fracture and who subsequently underwent manipulation under anesthesia. We reviewed data on 217 nasal bone fractures that had been seen at our institution over a 3-year period. Of these, 133 (61.3%) had occurred as a result of a sports activity. Thirty of the 133 patients (22.6%) had been managed conservatively, while the other 103 (77.4%) had undergone manipulation under anesthesia. We were able to contact 87 of the 103 patients (84.5%) by telephone, who served as the study population. The most common sports associated with these 87 injuries were hurling (n = 26; 29.9%), rugby (n = 22; 25.3%), Gaelic football (n = 20; 23.0%), and soccer (n = 13; 14.9%). Patients who had undergone treatment within 2 weeks were significantly more satisfied with their outcome than were those who had been treated later (p < 0.01). Twenty-six patients (29.9%) reported that their injury had had a detrimental impact on their subsequent performance in their sport; 12 (13.8%) described a fear of reinjury when they returned to play, 7 (8.0%) experienced functional problems, 3 (3.4%) complained of diminished performance, and 4 others (4.6%) quit playing contact sports altogether. To the best of our knowledge, our study is the first to demonstrate that a fracture of the nasal bones may have a notable psychological impact on an athlete and that it can lead to diminished performance or a complete withdrawal from contact sports.

Subjective and objective parameters in the evaluation of radiofrequency ablation of the inferior turbinate do not correlate: A pilot study

August 21, 2016  |  Peter Valentin Tomazic, MD; Claus Gerstenberger, MSc; Bettina Rant, MD; Ulrike Nemetz, MD; Christiana Brezjak-Kahlert, MD; Axel Wolf, MD; Kurt Freudenschuss, MD; Gerald Wolf, MD


Inferior turbinate hypertrophy is a common cause of nasal obstruction. We conducted a prospective study to correlate subjective and objective parameters in assessing the effectiveness of radiofrequency ablation (RFA). Our initial study population was made up of 10 patients who presented with nasal obstruction; 1 patient was lost to follow-up, leaving us with 7 women and 2 men, aged 26 to 65 years (mean: 37.9 ± 12.8), and 16 turbinates (7 bilateral, 1 right, and 1 left). Visual analogue scale (VAS) scores, Nasal Obstruction and Symptom Evaluation (NOSE) questionnaire scores, rhinomanometry results, and CT- and MRI-based volumetry were obtained before RFA and 6 months afterward. For the subjective parameters, the mean pre- and postoperative VAS scores for the 16 turbinates were 6.6 ± 1.6 and 2.8 ± 2.0 (p < 0.001), respectively, and the mean pre- and postoperative NOSE scores in the 9 patients were 15.3 ± 3.1 and 5.8 ± 5.4 (p = 0.003). For the objective parameters, the mean pre- and postoperative rhinomanometry values at 150 Pa were 241.0 ± 141.3 and 265.4 ± 157.3 ml/sec (p = 0.403), and the mean pre- and postoperative volumetry values were 5.3 ± 2.5 and 5.0 ± 2.1 cm3 (p = 0.551). Note that only the differences in the subjective parameters reached statistical significance. RFA of the inferior turbinates as a treatment for nasal obstruction is safe and easy. However, our study found a discrepancy between the subjective and objective outcomes parameters, as the former showed highly significant improvement and the latter showed only a slight improvement that did not reach statistical significance.

Effects on auditory function of chronic exposure to electromagnetic fields from mobile phones

August 21, 2016  |  Sanjeev Bhagat, MS(ENT); Saurabh Varshney, MS(ENT); Sampan Singh Bist, MS(ENT); Deepak Goel, DM(Neurology); Sarita Mishra, MS(ENT); Vivek Kumar Jha, MSLAP


The widespread use of mobile phones has given rise to apprehension regarding the possible hazardous health effects of high-frequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs) on auditory function. We conducted a study to investigate the effects of long-term (>4 yr) exposure to EMFs emitted by mobile phones on auditory function. Our study population was made up of 40 healthy medical students-31 men and 9 women, aged 20 to 30 years (mean 22.7). Of this group, 31 subjects typically held their phone to the right ear and 9 to the left ear; the non-phone-using ear served as each subject's control ear. The phone-using subjects were also split into two groups of 20 based on the duration of their daily phone use (≤60 min vs. >60 min). All subjects underwent pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry, impedance audiometry, and brainstem evoked response audiometry (BERA), and comparisons were made between the phone-using ear and the control ear and between the shorter and longer duration of daily use. We found no statistically significant differences in high-frequency pure-tone average between the phone-using ears and the control ears (p = 0.69) or between the shorter- and longer-duration phone-using ears (p = 0.85). Moreover, statistical analysis of BERA findings revealed no significant differences between the phone-using ears and the control ears in terms of wave I-III, III-V, and I-V interpeak latencies (p = 0.59, 0.74 and 0.44, respectively). None of the subjects reported any subjective symptoms, such as headache, tinnitus, or sensations of burning or warmth behind, around, or on the phone-using ear. We conclude that the long-term exposure to EMFs from mobile phones does not affect auditory function.

Hypopharyngeal strictures and webs

August 21, 2016  |  Mark A. Fritz, MD; Gregory N. Postma, MD

These thin, web-like narrowings can often be missed or underappreciated on contrast swallows yet can be markedly symptomatic.

Are routine preoperative CT scans necessary in adult cochlear implantation? Implications for the allocation of resources in cochlear implant programs

August 21, 2016  |  Bruno Kenway, MRCS, DO-HNS; Petros V. Vlastarakos, MD, MSc, PhD; Anand V. Kasbekar, MRCS, DO-HNS; Patrick R. Axon, MD, FRCS(ORL-HNS); Neil Donnelly, MSc, FRCS(ORL-HNS)


Our aim was to critically assess the influence of preoperative computed tomography (CT) scans on implantation decisions for adult cochlear implant candidates. The working hypothesis was that these routine scans might not provide critical additional information in most adult cochlear implant candidates. The charts of 175 adults with unilateral cochlear implantation were reviewed. Preoperative CT scan reports were audited, and scans with reported pathology were examined by an Otologist/ENT Surgeon. Clinic notes and multidisciplinary team meeting summaries were also analyzed to assess whether the results of the radiology report had influenced the decision to implant or the laterality of implantation. Twenty-five of the 175 scans (14.3%) showed an abnormality. Five of those 25 scans showed evidence of previous surgeries already known to the clinicians. Of the remaining 20 scans, 17 showed abnormalities, including wide vestibular aqueducts, Mondini deformities, and varying degrees of otospongiosis, the identification of which can be considered preoperatively helpful. Of the 175 scans, 3 (1.7%) demonstrated abnormalities that influenced the side of implantation or the decision to implant and, therefore, had an impact on treatment. We conclude that a preoperative CT scan seems to have an impact on treatment in only a small percentage of adult cochlear implantees. Hence, it may only need to be performed in patients with a history or clinical suspicion of meningitis or otosclerosis, if the individual was born deaf or became deaf before the age of 16, or if there are other clinical reasons to scan (e.g., otoscopic appearance). The related resources can be allocated to other facets of cochlear implant programs.