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Facial nerve paralysis following transtympanic penetrating middle ear trauma

November 22, 2011  |  Alfred Marc Iloreta, MD and Benjamin D. Malkin, MD

The effect of early division of the chorda tympani on gustatory function

November 22, 2011  |  Bruno Kenway, BMedSci, MRCS, DOHNS, Anand Kasbekar, BMedSci, MRCS, DOHNS, Neil Donnelly, MSc, FRCS (ORLHNS), and Patrick Axon, MD, FRCS (ORLHNS)


This study was undertaken to assess dysgeusia in patients who have undergone middle ear surgery for chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) when the surgeon's practice was to cleanly divide the chorda tympani without prior manipulation, if it in any way hindered operative...

Aneurysm of the internal carotid artery in the middle ear

August 16, 2011  |  Andreas Anagiotos, MD, Markus Stenner, MD, and Dirk Beutner, MD

Otomyiasis of the mastoid cavity: An unusual complication of cotton-swab use

June 14, 2011  |  Chaudhary F. Riaz, BSc, BM, MRCS, DOHNS, Owen Judd, MRCP, MRCS, DCH, and Peter J. Conboy, FRCS

Is virtual endoscopy of the middle ear useful?

June 14, 2011  |  Ambrose Chung-Wai Ho, FRCSEd, Raymond Lee, FRCR, Michael Tiong-Hong Co, MRCSEd, Chun-Kuen Chow, FRCSEd, and Kai-Ming Au Yeung, FRCR


Virtual endoscopy is a relatively new imaging technology in otology, and therefore data on its efficacy in clinical situations are limited. We conducted a prospective study to evaluate the clinical relevance of radiologic diagnoses based on virtual endoscopy of the middle ear....

Congenital middle ear cholesteatoma

November 1, 2010  |  Min-Tsan Shu, MD, Hung-Ching Lin, MD, Cheng-Chien Yang, MD, and Yu-Chun Chen, MD

A prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study of montelukast's effect on persistent middle ear effusion

September 1, 2010  |  Scott R. Schoem, MD, Alice Willard, RN, and Jerome T. Combs, MD


We conducted a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study to determine if the leukotriene inhibitor montelukast is effective in eliminating persistent middle ear drainage in patients with otitis media with effusion (OME). Our study population was made up of...

Diffusion-weighted imaging for cholesteatoma evaluation

April 1, 2010  |  Kara M. Schwartz, MD, John I. Lane, MD, Brian A. Neff, MD, Bradley D. Bolster Jr., PhD, Colin L. Driscoll, MD, and Charles W. Beatty, MD


Computed tomography (CT) has long been considered the optimal imaging technique for the detection of cholesteatomas. However, this modality often lacks specificity, particularly in patients with an absence of definite bony erosion or a history of surgical excision. Several...

Characterization of ossicular chain vibration at the umbo: Implications for a middle ear microelectromechanical system design

January 1, 2010  |  Darrin J. Young, PhD, Mark A. Zurcher, MS, Tung Trang, MD, Cliff A. Megerian, MD, and Wen H. Ko, PhD


We propose the use of a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) accelerometer as a middle ear microphone for future totally implantable cochlear prostheses. The MEMS accelerometer would be attached to the umbo to detect and convert the natural bone vibration that occurs in...

Synovial chondromatosis of the middle ear: A case report

July 1, 2009  |  Domenico Saggese, MD, Ignacio Javier Fernandez, MD, Nunzio C.M. Salfi, MD, and Alberto Rinaldi Ceroni, MD


Synovial chondromatosis is a rare pathology of unknown etiology characterized by multinodular cartilaginous proliferation in the synovium. When it does occur, it usually develops in the large synovial joints (e.g., the knee, hip, elbow, and shoulder). Only rarely does it occur...

Ear trauma caused by a yucca plant leaf spine

June 1, 2009  |  Yoav P. Talmi, MD, FACS, Michael Wolf, MD, Lela Migirov, MD, and Jona Kronenberg, MD


Three uncommon cases of ear trauma caused by a yucca plant leaf spine are presented. One patient presented with tympanic perforation and the second with mixed hearing loss after spontaneous closure. The third patient probably had a perilymphatic fistula with subsequent...

Eustachian tube foreign body undetected for 30 years: Case report

April 1, 2009  |  David M. Filsoof, MD and Steven Y. Park, MD


This case report describes the unexpected finding of a eustachian tube prosthesis placed 30 years earlier, after the patient had experienced years of chronic rhinorrhea.


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