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Painful rash of the auricle: Herpes zoster oticus

December 19, 2014  |  Chao-Yin Kuo, MD; Yuan-Yung Lin, MD; Chih-Hung Wang, MD, PhD

A PCR assay in addition to conventional serologic testing provides quick confirmation of the diagnosis of herpes zoster oticus infection.

Is malignant otitis externa on the increase? A retrospective review of cases

February 20, 2017  |  Diana Bhasker, MBBS, MRCS(ENT); Angela Hartley, MBchB; Frank Agada, FRCS, RCS(ORL-HNS)

Abstract

We performed a retrospective review of all patients with malignant otitis externa (MOE) treated in our center between July 2004 and December 2012 to evaluate the current epidemiology in our region and to ascertain causative factors associated with the perceived increase in the...

Auricular solitary gouty tophus in a young adult

February 20, 2017  |  Chao-Yin Kuo, MD; Chih-Hung Wang, MD, PhD

The auricle, with its supersaturation of blood uric acid due to decreased temperature and reduced blood flow, is prone to develop gouty tophi.

Auricular complications in parotid, temporal bone, infratemporal fossa, and lateral skull base surgery

February 20, 2017  |  Patrick S. Carpenter, MD; Ryan C. Burgette, MD; John P. Leonetti, MD; Sam J. Marzo, MD

Abstract

Neoplasms located in the parotid region, temporal bone, infratemporal fossa, and lateral skull base represent a challenge due to their difficult anatomic location and surrounding neurovascular structures. A variety of surgical approaches are appropriate to access this area,...

Analysis of caloric test responses in sudden hearing loss

February 20, 2017  |  Cheng-Ping Shih, MD; Yu-Ching Chou, PhD; Hsin-Chien Chen, MD, PhD; Jih-Chin Lee, MD; Yueng-Hsiang Chu, MD, PhD; Chih-Hung Wang, MD, PhD

Abstract

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is characterized by a rapid-onset hearing loss that develops within 3 days. Vertigo may also be present. We conducted a retrospective study to investigate whether the severity of a loss of caloric function is associated with the initial hearing...

Acute bacterial meningitis caused by acute otitis media in adults: A series of 12 patients

January 25, 2017  |  Daniel M. Kaplan, MD; Ofer Gluck, MD; Mordechai Kraus, MD; Youval Slovik, MD; Hindy Juwad, Bsc

Abstract

We conducted a retrospective chart review to characterize the outcomes of 12 patients-9 men and 3 women, aged 21 to 79 years (mean: 49)-who had been treated at our tertiary care center for acute bacterial meningitis caused by acute otitis media (ABMAO). Fever was the most...

The role of surgery in necrotizing otitis externa

January 25, 2017  |  Maayan Gruber, MD; Eyal Sela, MD; Ilana Doweck, MD; Ariel Roitman, MD; Nechama Uri, MD; Samer Srouji, MD; Raanan Cohen-Kerem, MD

Abstract

This retrospective case review describes a subset of 5 patients with necrotizing otitis externa (NOE) with a refractory disease course who underwent surgery as part of their management plan between 2008 and 2013. Surgery promoted the cure of 4 of the 5 patients, and a fungal...

Mucous retention cyst of mastoid bone mimicking cholesteatoma

January 25, 2017  |  Nurdoğan Ata, MD; Suna Erkılıç, MD

Occlusion of mastoid cells and the aditus ad antrum caused by inflammatory diseases can result in poor ventilation and poor drainage of mastoid cells, which can in turn cause the formation of cysts.

Anomalous stapes in Down syndrome

January 25, 2017  |  Daniel T. Ginat, MD, MS

It is important to consider the presence of inner ear anomalies in Down syndrome, which occur in up to approximately 75% of this population

Evaluation of patient satisfaction with different hearing aids: A study of 107 patients

January 25, 2017  |  Seçkin Ulusoy, MD; Nuray Bayar Muluk, MD; Turhan San, MD; Cemal Cingi, MD

Abstract

We retrospectively investigated patient satisfaction with different types of hearing aids in 107 patients-60 males and 47 females, aged 8 to 84 years (mean: 53.8)-with unilateral or bilateral hearing loss, each of whom used two different hearing devices for at least 3 years per...

Primary solitary intralabyrinthine schwannoma: A report of 7 cases and a review of the literature

December 7, 2016  |  Avi Shupak, MD; Yehuda Holdstein, MD; Margalit Kaminer, MSc; Itzhak Braverman, MD

Abstract

Intralabyrinthine schwannomas (ILSs) are uncommon benign tumors that originate in the Schwann cell sheath of the intralabyrinthine distal branches of the vestibulocochlear nerve. They have no initial involvement in the internal auditory canal, although that might develop later...