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PlasmaBlade vs. cold dissection tonsillectomy: A prospective, randomized, double-blind, controlled study in adults

July 18, 2017  |  Rasim Yilmazer, MD; Zahide Mine Yazici, MD; Meliksah Balta, MD; Ibrahim Erdim, MD; Omer Erdur, MD; Fatma Tulin Kayhan, MD

Abstract

We conducted a prospective, randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical study to compare the efficacy and safety of the PlasmaBlade device and cold dissection for adult tonsillectomy. Our study group was made up of 20 patients-12 men and 8 women, aged 18 to 50 years (mean: 27...

A severe case of Reinke edema

July 18, 2017  |  Mark C. Lentner, DO; Nathan L. Colon, MD; Amanda Hu, MD, FRCSC

Heavy smoking (especially in women), laryngopharyngeal reflux, hypothyroidism, and voice abuse are common etiologies associated with this condition.

Positron-emission tomography enhancement after vocal fold injection medialization

June 20, 2017  |  Nazaneen Grant, MD; Richard J. Wong, MD; Dennis H. Kraus, MD; Heiko Schoder, MD; Ryan C. Branski, PhD

Abstract

The potential for the misinterpretation of positron-emission tomography (PET) scans in the context of a possible malignancy has been confirmed in a case report showing increased 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake after unilateral vocal fold augmentation medialization. We...

June is National Dysphagia Awareness Month

June 20, 2017  |  Amanda Hu, MD, FRCSC

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has estimated that 60,000 people in the United States die annually from complications associated with swallowing disorders.

Vocal fold hemorrhage into a physiologic sulcus

June 20, 2017  |  Daniel A. Benito, MD; Jonathan J. Romak, MD; Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Predisposing factors include traumatic vocal activities such as aggressive singing, throat clearing, coughing, or shouting, especially with the use of anticoagulants.

The role of hypertonic saline in monopolar tonsillectomy in adult patients

April 30, 2017  |  Jian Ma, MD; Mei Zheng, MS; Jun-Wei Mu, MD; Peng Cui, MD

Abstract

This study's objective was to look for a simple and inexpensive method to reduce patients' pain during tonsillectomy. Bilateral tonsillectomy patients were enrolled and placed into different groups based on their admission numbers. Patients with odd numbers had electrical...

A huge parapharyngeal space tumor in a child

April 30, 2017  |  Yuntsung Hung, MD; Chi-Shiun Huang, MD; Liang-You Yang, MD

Most clinicians will see only a small number of cases of parapharyngeal space tumors during their careers.

In-office vs. operating room procedures for recurrent respiratory papillomatosis

April 30, 2017  |  Anya J. Miller, MD; Glendon M. Gardner, MD

Abstract

We conducted a study to analyze hospital and patient costs, outcomes, and patient satisfaction among adults undergoing in-office and operating room procedures for the treatment of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. Our final study population was made up of 17 patients-1 man...

Nasal, pharyngeal, and laryngeal pemphigus vulgaris successfully treated with rituximab

April 30, 2017  |  Naveed Sami, MD

Abstract

Pemphigus vulgaris is a potentially fatal autoimmune blistering disease that can involve the nasopharyngeal and laryngeal tissues. The disease can be recalcitrant to conventional oral treatments, and treatment alternatives are limited. This retrospective study evaluated the...

Linear IgA dermatosis limited to the mucosal membranes as a rare cause of dysphagia

April 30, 2017  |  Victoria M. Bones, MD; Lyndsay L. Madden, DO

Atypical presentation of vocal fold granulomas

April 30, 2017  |  Raj B. Patel, MD; Aaron Jaworek, MD; Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Vocal fold granulomas usually form near the vocal process or on the mucosa covering the medial surface of the arytenoid cartilage. These lesions are not true granulomas and consist of fibroblasts, collagen, leukocytes, and proliferating capillaries.

Role of intraoperative ropivacaine in adult post-tonsillectomy pain control: A randomized controlled trial

April 30, 2017  |  William C. Yao, MD; Christian A. Corbitt, MD; Masayoshi Takashima, MD

Abstract

We sought to evaluate the efficacy of ropivacaine in post-tonsillectomy pain management in adults and evaluate the timing of intraoperative ropivacaine administration for this purpose. A prospective, double-blinded, randomized, controlled trial with a paired design was...