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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...

Neuroendocrine adenoma of the middle ear (NAME)

April 1, 2009  |  Karen Leong, MD, Marian M. Haber, MD, Venu Divi, MD, and Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS


Neuroendocrine adenoma of the middle ear (NAME) is a rare tumor. We report a case of NAME, the clinical and pathologic findings of which illustrate the biologic behavior of adenomatous tumors of the middle ear and their relationship with rare carcinoid tumors of the middle ear...

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.

Facial nerve hemangioma of the middle ear

March 1, 2009  |  Issam Saliba, MD and Jose N. Fayad, MD

From the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Montreal University Hospital Center (Dr. Saliba), and the House Ear Clinic, Los Angeles (Dr. Fayad)

Middle ear barotrauma with hyperbaric oxygen therapy: Incidence and the predictive value of the nine-step inflation/deflation test and otoscopy

December 1, 2008  |  Serdar Karahatay, MD, Yavuz Fuat Yilmaz, MD, Hakan Birkent, MD, Hakan Ay, MD, and Bulent Satar, MD


We conducted a prospective study to determine the incidence of middle ear barotrauma in patients who were undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). We also investigated the value of the nine-step inflation/deflation test and otoscopic findings before and immediately after...

White mass in the middle ear

November 1, 2008  |  Maroun T. Semaan, MD and Jose N. Fayad, MD


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