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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.

Long-standing, near total tympanic membrane perforation

September 18, 2017  |  J. Scott Greene, MD, FACS

Although most spontaneous perforations heal, repeated ruptures and chronic suppuration can lead to permanent perforations.

Social media in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery

September 18, 2017  |  Modupe Oyewumi, MD; John Lee, MD, MSc, FRCSC; Allan Vescan, MD, FRCSC

Abstract

The objective of this study was to assess the current use of social media tools within Canadian otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (OHNS) programs and to assess the interest within these programs to integrate social media for networking, social, and educational programs. A...

Surgical trainees and powered-drill use do not affect type I tympanoplasty hearing outcomes

September 18, 2017  |  David T. Kent, MD; David H. Chi, MD; Dennis J. Kitsko, DO

Abstract

The purposes of this study were to determine if use of a powered drill or trainee involvement during tympanoplasty is associated with a decline in sensorineural hearing, as well as to examine whether trainee involvement affected tympanic membrane (TM) closure rates. This study...

Cerebrospinal fluid leak during stapes surgery: Gushing leaks and oozing leaks, two different phenomena

August 24, 2017  |  Juan Luis Quesada, MD; Giovanni Cammaroto, MD; Lilla Bonanno, PhD; Francesco Galletti, MD; Pedro Quesada, MD

Abstract

Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak is an uncommon event that can occur during stapes surgery. Such leaks can be classified as gushing leaks (stapes gushers) and oozing leaks. A stapes gusher is a massive flow of CSF through the perforated footplate that fills the...

Assessment of discrimination ability in ipsilateral and contralateral ears with a unilateral bone-anchored hearing system

August 24, 2017  |  Bahtiyar Celikgun, MSc; M. Tayyar Kalcioglu, MD

Abstract

This study aimed to determine the speech discriminatory ability of the contralateral ear of users of a unilateral bone-anchored hearing system (BAHS). The Oticon Medical Ponto Pro/Ponto Pro Power device brand was used for all patients. Five BAHS users (3 men, 2 women)...

Recognizing malleus fracture in a woman with a head injury after a fall

August 24, 2017  |  Janet S. Choi, MD, MPH; Nathan Tu, MD; John L. Go, MD; Elina Kari, MD

Diagnosis of ossicular injuries is often challenging due to their subtle appearance on CT scans, especially in the presence of hemotympanum or opacification of the middle ear cavity.

Can lateral nasopharyngeal radiographs be used to predict eustachian tube dysfunction?

August 24, 2017  |  Karen Hawley, MD; Neil Vachhani, MD; Samantha Anne, MD, MS

Abstract

The objective of our case-control study was to determine whether craniofacial features on lateral nasopharyngeal radiographs (LNPRs) can predict eustachian tube dysfunction (ETD). The study included patients seen in the otolaryngology clinic from 2005 to 2011. Patients 0 to 10...

Platelet-rich plasma myringoplasty: A new office procedure for the repair of small tympanic membrane perforations

August 24, 2017  |  Mohammad Waheed El-Anwar, MD; Ismail Elnashar, MD; Yaser Ahmad Foad, MD

Abstract

We conducted a prospective study to assess the effectiveness of a platelet-rich plasma hourglass graft in the repair of small tympanic membrane perforations as an office-based procedure. Our study population was made up of 25 patients-10 men and 15 women, aged 19 to 45 years (...

Sudden sensorineural hearing loss in human monocytic ehrlichiosis

August 24, 2017  |  Vidur Bhalla, MD; Brian Rodgers, MD; James Lin, MD

Abstract

The hallmarks of symptomatic human monocytic ehrlichiosis (HME) include fever, headache, myalgia, nausea, malaise, transaminitis, and blood cell abnormalities. Previous case reports have described isolated cranial nerve palsies in infected patients but not hearing loss. We...

Audiometry results and TEOAE and DPOAE amplitudes in men taking a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor for erectile dysfunction

July 18, 2017  |  Sertan Ontepeli, MD; Nuray Bayar Muluk, MD; Devrim Tuglu, MD; Timucin Sipal, MD

Abstract

We conducted a prospective study of transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs) and distortion-product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs) in men who were taking an oral phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor for erectile dysfunction. Our study group was made up of 30 men (60...