Second branchial cleft anomaly with an ectopic tooth: A case report

September 17, 2014     Jennifer C. Alyono, MD; Paul Hong, MD; Nathan C. Page, MD; Denise Malicki, MD, PhD; Marcella R. Bothwell, MD


Branchial cleft cysts, sinuses, and fistulas are the most common congenital lateral neck lesions in children. They arise as a result of an abnormal development of the branchial arches and their corresponding ectoderm-lined branchial clefts. Of these diverse anomalies, second branchial cleft lesions are the most common, accounting for approximately 95% of all branchial arch pathologies. We describe what is to the best of our knowledge the first reported case of an ectopic tooth in a branchial cleft anomaly. The patient was a young girl who had other congenital abnormalities and syndromic features and who was eventually diagnosed with Townes-Brocks syndrome. We describe the clinical presentation, management, pathologic analysis, and postoperative outcomes of this case, and we present a brief review of Townes-Brocks syndrome.

Introduction Branchial cleft anomalies arise as a result of the incomplete obliteration of one of the four branchial clefts that normally develop during the fourth week of embryonic life. Anomalies of the second branchial arch most commonly present as a swelling or a draining sinus anterior to the sternocleidomastoid muscle; a tract may exist...

Role of the otolaryngologist in the management of asthma

September 17, 2014     Mahmoud Ghaderi, DO, FAOCO

[Editor's note: This Guest Editorial has been adapted with permission from its publication in the Fall 2012 issue of Soundings, the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery's newsletter.]

Mirror book therapy for the treatment of idiopathic facial palsy

September 17, 2014     Jodi Maron Barth, PT; Gincy L. Stezar, PTA; Gabriela C. Acierno, SPT; Thomas J. Kim, MD; Michael J. Reilly, MD


We conducted a retrospective chart review to determine the effectiveness of treating idiopathic facial palsy with mirror book therapy in conjunction with facial physical rehabilitation. We compared outcomes in 15 patients who underwent mirror book therapy in addition to standard therapy with those of 10 patients who underwent standard rehabilitation therapy without the mirror book. Before and after treatment, patients in both groups were rated according to the Facial Grading System (FGS), the Facial Disability Index-Physical (FDIP), and the Facial Disability Index-Social (FDIS). Patients in the mirror therapy group had a mean increase of 24.9 in FGS score, 22.0 in FDIP score, and 25.0 in FDIS score, all of which represented statistically significant improvements over their pretreatment scores. Those who did not receive mirror book therapy had mean increases of 20.8, 19.0, 14.6, respectively; these, too, represented significant improvements over baseline, and thus there was no statistically significant difference in improvement between the two groups. Nevertheless, our results show that patients who used mirror book therapy in addition to standard facial rehabilitation therapy experienced significant improvements in the treatment of idiopathic facial palsy. While further studies are necessary to determine if it has a definitive, statistically significant advantage over standard therapy, we recommend adding this therapy to the rehabilitation program in view of its ease of use, low cost, and lack of side effects.

Introduction The facial nerve has a long and tortuous course that predisposes it to a broad range of injury and pathology. Affected patients often experience associated facial weakness. The estimated incidence of facial paralysis in the United States ranges from 20 to 30 cases per 100,000 population per year.1-3

A rare case of ameloblastic carcinoma

September 17, 2014     Michael Yunaev, MBBS; Muzib Abdul-Razak, FRCS(Edin); Hedley Coleman, FFOP(RCPA); Yaroslav Mayorchak, MBBS; Ian Kalnins, FRACS


Ameloblastic carcinoma is a rare type of ameloblastoma that has received little mention in the literature. While a number of cases have been published over many years, no institution has been able to produce a substantial case series. Ameloblastic carcinoma originates in the embryonic tooth components. It is believed to be an aggressive tumor that can metastasize; once metastasis occurs, the prognosis tends to be poor. Ameloblastic carcinoma is primarily a surgical condition that is best treated with resection; there has been little indication that other modalities are helpful. We present the case of a 40-year-old woman who was found to have a mandibular lesion by a dentist. After surgical resection, the tumor was found to be an ameloblastic carcinoma. The patient recovered without complication, and she was recurrence-free 18 months postoperatively. We also briefly review the available literature on the natural history of and management options for this rare tumor.

Introduction Ameloblastoma is a common benign odontogenic tumor of the oral cavity that arises from the epithelial components of the embryonic tooth.1 It occurs in the mandible in 80% of cases and in the maxilla in the other 20%.2 It can occur in any age group, but it is most common in the third to fifth decades of life.2

Comparative study of intranasal septal splints and nasal packs in patients undergoing nasal septal surgery

September 17, 2014     Raman Wadhera, MS; Naushad Zafar, MS; Sat Paul Gulati, MS; Vijay Kalra, MS; Anju Ghai, MD


We conducted a prospective, comparative, interventional study to evaluate the role of intranasal septal splints and to compare the results of this type of support with those of conventional nasal packing. Our study population was made up of 60 patients, aged 18 to 50 years, who had undergone septoplasty for the treatment of a symptomatic deviation of the nasal septum at our tertiary care referral hospital. These patients were randomly divided into two groups according to the type of nasal support they would receive: 30 patients (25 men and 5 women, mean age: 23.3 yr) received bilateral intranasal septal splints and the other 30 (26 men and 4 women, mean age: 22.4 yr) underwent anterior nasal packing. Outcomes parameters included postoperative pain and a number of other variables. At 24 and 48 hours postoperatively, the splint group had significantly lower mean pain scores (p < 0.05). At 48 hours, the splint group experienced significantly fewer instances of nasal bleeding (p < 0.01), swelling over the face and nose (p < 0.01), watering of the eyes (p < 0.01), nasal discharge (p = 0.028), nasal obstruction (p < 0.001), and feeding difficulty (p = 0.028). Likewise, mean pain scores during splint or pack removal were significantly lower in the splint group (p < 0.01). At the 6-week follow-up, only 2 patients (6.7%) in the splint group exhibited a residual deformity, compared with 8 patients (26.7%) in the packing group (p = 0.038). Finally, no patient in the splint group had an intranasal adhesion at follow-up, while 4 (13.3%) in the packing group did (p < 0.05). We conclude that intranasal septal splints result in less postoperative pain without increasing postoperative complications, and thus they can be used as an effective alternative to nasal packing after septoplasty.

Introduction The true prevalence of nasal septal deviation is unknown, and numerous studies have revealed a wide range of prevalence. This can be explained in part by the fact that different age groups have been studied and that several classification systems have been used. In adults, a recent international study found a prevalence of 89.2%.1 In...

Waldeyer ring lymphoma: A case series

September 17, 2014     Carren S.L. Teh, MBBS, MS(ORL-HNS); Pailoor Jayalakshmi, FRCPath; Sheldon Y.C. Chong, MBBS, MS(ORL-HNS)


We encountered a patient with a tongue base lymphoma that we initially diagnosed as a lingual tonsil in view of its benign appearance. We established the correct diagnosis of Waldeyer ring lymphoma by histology. This case led us to conduct a study of all cases of Waldeyer ring lymphoma that had been treated at our center during a 10-year period. We retrospectively examined our case records and found 35 such cases. From this group, we excluded 5 cases because of incomplete data. Thus our final study group was made up of 30 patients-14 males and 16 females, aged 14 to 76 years (mean: 51.6; median 54). The primary presenting signs and symptoms were dysphagia (n = 17 [57%]), a neck mass (n = 7 [23%]), nasal symptoms (n = 5 [17%]), and pain (n = 1 [3%]). Only 4 patients (13%) had B symptoms. A total of 20 patients (67%) presented with tonsillar involvement, 8 (27%) with nasopharyngeal involvement, 1 (3%) with tongue base lymphoma, and 1 with anterior tongue involvement. Most patients (77%) presented at an early stage. Histologically, 25 patients (83%) had high-grade diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, 4 (13%) had T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, and 1 (3%) had follicular lymphoma. Twenty-one patients (70%) were treated with chemotherapy, 4 (13%) received adjuvant chemotherapy with either radiotherapy or surgery, 3 (10%) resorted to other forms of treatment (primarily traditional remedies), and 2 (7%) declined treatment altogether. There were 14 patients (47%) alive at the end of the study period.

Introduction We occasionally diagnosed patients with Waldeyer ring lymphoma in our Otorhinolaryngology Clinic at University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). Patients with this disease can present with unilateral tonsillar enlargement, a nasopharyngeal mass, a tongue mass, or neck swelling.

Focal hyperostosis of an intranasal inverted papilloma observed on computed tomography

September 17, 2014     Jae-Hoon Lee, MD; Ha-Min Jeong, MD

Precise preoperative identification of the tumor origin is as important as detecting the extent of tumor invasion.

A 71-year-old woman presented to the clinic with a 1-year history of chronic nasal obstruction. She denied any history of underlying systemic disease or previous sinus surgery. Nasal endoscopy showed two large papillomatous lesions obstructing the left middle meatus and sphenoethmoidal recess. Under the suspicion of an inverted papilloma, the...

Vocal fold tear in an operatic tenor

September 17, 2014     Joel E. Portnoy, MD; Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

The patient complained of increased throat clearing and coughing. He had experienced similar symptoms 3 months previously, which had resolved with voice rest.

A 27-year-old tenor complained of worsening cracking in his upper-middle range, vocal fatigue, progressively longer warm-up times, and periodic aphonia of 1 week's duration. Also, he complained of increased throat clearing and coughing. He had experienced similar symptoms 3 months previously, which had resolved with voice rest.

Actinomycosis of the pharynx

September 17, 2014     Anna M. Lipowska, MD; Michael M. Johns III, MD


Few cases of pharyngeal actinomycosis have been documented in the literature. We describe the case of a 67-year-old white man who presented with symptoms of dysphagia. Laryngoscopy revealed a pedunculated mass in the left posterior pharyngeal wall; an excisional biopsy confirmed the diagnosis. Postoperatively, the patient underwent 10 weeks of intravenous penicillin therapy followed by 4 months of oral antibiotics, and his condition resolved. We discuss the diagnosis, management, and complications of this rare infection.

Introduction Actinomyces, a gram-positive bacterium, rarely causes infections. Actinomycosis appears to have no geographic or racial predilection, but there is a 3:1 predilection for males.1,2 Cervicofacial actinomycosis is the most common form of this disease, with most of these cases occurring in the parotid gland, cheek, and submandibular...

Cystic chondromalacia of the auricle treated with dual-plane excision with intracartilaginous dissection

September 17, 2014     Giovanni Zoccali, MD; Reza Pajand, MD; Nikolaos Vrentzos, MD; Maurizio Giuliani, MD


Cystic chondromalacia of the auricle is an uncommon condition in which a degenerative process occurs within the cartilage. The disorder affects young and middle-aged people. Clinically, it manifests as a painless, fluctuant swelling that frequently relapses despite various therapeutic approaches. In this article we report a typical case of cystic chondromalacia of the auricle that was successfully treated by surgery-specifically, dual-plane dissection-and we briefly review the literature.

Introduction Cystic chondromalacia of the auricle (CCA), also known as pseudocyst of the auricle, is an uncommon, benign neoformation developing in the thickness of auricle cartilage.1-3 This noninflammatory process creates an intracartilaginous cavity that is not lined by epithelium and is filled with yellow, serous fluid (sometimes described as...
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