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Psoriasis, chronic tonsillitis, and biofilms: Tonsillar pathologic findings supporting a microbial hypothesis

March 14, 2018  |  Herbert B. Allen, MD; Saagar Jadeja, BS; Rina M. Allawh, MD; Kavita Goyal, MD


Group A Streptococcus has been identified as a possible etiologic agent in psoriasis in epidemiologic, immunologic, immunopathologic, medical, and surgical studies. Tonsillectomy has been shown to provide considerable relief to 75% of patients with plaque psoriasis. Even...

Comparison of anterior palatoplasty and uvulopalatal flap placement for treating mild and moderate obstructive sleep apnea

March 14, 2018  |  Suheyl Haytoglu, MD; Osman Kursat Arikan, MD; Nuray Bayar Muluk, MD; Birgul Tuhanioglu, MD; Mustafa Cortuk, MD


We prospectively compared the efficacy of anterior palatoplasty and the uvulopalatal flap procedure for the treatment of patients with mild and moderate obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Our study group was made up of 45 patients who had been randomly assigned to undergo...

Relationship between dysarthria and oral-oropharyngeal dysphagia: The current evidence

March 14, 2018  |  Brandon J. Wang, BA, BBA; Felicia L. Carter, MA, CCC-SLP; Kenneth W. Altman, MD, PhD


There is a high prevalence of dysphagia among patients with neuromuscular diseases and cerebrovascular diseases, and its consequences can be profound. However, the correlation between dysarthria and oral-oropharyngeal dysphagia remains unclear. We conducted a literature review...

Quality of life in patients with larynx cancer in Latin America: Comparison between laryngectomy and organ preservation protocols

March 14, 2018  |  Alvaro Sanabria, MD, PhD, FACS; Daniel Sánchez, MD; Andrés Chala, MD; Andres Alvarez, MD


The effect on quality of life (QOL) of laryngectomy and organ preservation protocols is important in decision making. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate QOL outcomes of patients with advanced laryngeal tumors who were treated with laryngectomy or organ...

Pharyngeal pack placement in minor oral surgery: A prospective, randomized, controlled study

March 14, 2018  |  Badr A. Al-Jandan, FRCD(C); Faiyaz Ahmed Syed, MDS; Ahed Zeidan, MD; Hesham Fathi Marei, MSc, MFDS (RCS Eng), PhD; Imran Farooq, MSc


We conducted a prospective, randomized, controlled study to investigate the influence of pharyngeal pack placement on postoperative nausea, vomiting, and throat pain after minor oral surgery. Our study group was made up of 80 patients-45 men and 35 women, aged 19 to 52 years (...

Reinke edema

March 14, 2018  |  Jessie C. Everaert, BS; Jonathan J. Romak, MD; Robert T. Sataloff, MD, DMA, FACS

Traditional surgical management evolved from vocal fold stripping to more conservative techniques.

Complete resolution of guttate psoriasis after tonsillectomy

March 14, 2018  |  Jason E. Cohn, DO; Michael Pfeiffer, DO; Gerard Vernose, MD

It has been shown, especially with guttate psoriasis, that tonsillectomy has a potential benefit in psoriasis disease burden.

Transnasal vocal fold augmentation

January 14, 2018  |  Michael J. Knabel, BS; Jonathan M. Bock, MD, FACS

Transnasal vocal fold augmentation is tolerated well by patients, easy to perform, and can be done without an assistant.

Retropharyngeal hematoma following botulinum toxin injection for abductor spasmodic dysphonia

December 12, 2017  |  Joo Koh, MBBS; Sanjay Raghav, MBBS, MD, FRACP; Malcolm Baxter, OAM, MBBS, FRACS

Abductor spasmodic dysphonia is characterized by abductor spasms leading to breathy voice breaks or whispering quality, particularly during prolonged voice production.

Changes in abnormal muscle tension pattern after fiberoptic injection laryngoplasty

December 12, 2017  |  Georges Ziade, MD; Ghassan Haddad, MD; Sarah Assaad, MPH; Maher Kasti, MD; Abdul-Latif Hamdan, MD


We performed a retrospective chart review to compare the presence and types of abnormal muscle tension patterns (MTPs) in patients who had been diagnosed with glottal insufficiency before and after fiberoptic injection laryngoplasty. The main cause of glottal insufficiency had...

Where am I? Transnasal esophagoscopy outside the normal esophagus

December 12, 2017  |  Mark A. Fritz, MD; Gregory N. Postma, MD

Unsedated colonoscopy and small bowel intubation are achievable in select patients in the otolaryngology clinic, but a complete history and old records are important.

Measles: A missed cause of acute tonsillitis

November 3, 2017  |  Wen-Sen Lai, MD; Yuan-Yung Lin, MD; Chih-Hung Wang, MD, PhD; Hsin-Chien Chen, MD, PhD