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e-Neuroforum     Hybrid Journal  
Early Childhood Education J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.367, h-index: 12)
Earth Science Informatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.245, h-index: 5)
Earth, Moon, and Planets     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.436, h-index: 28)
Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.433, h-index: 17)
Earthquake Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.486, h-index: 7)
East Asia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.165, h-index: 9)
Eating and Weight Disorders - Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.289, h-index: 23)
EcoHealth     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.651, h-index: 22)
Ecological Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.698, h-index: 38)
Economic Botany     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.666, h-index: 40)
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Economic Change and Restructuring     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.263, h-index: 6)
Economic Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 1.857, h-index: 31)
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Educational Psychology Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13, SJR: 1.781, h-index: 52)
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Educational Technology Research and Development     Partially Free   (Followers: 133, SJR: 1.124, h-index: 45)
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Elemente der Mathematik     Hybrid Journal  
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Empirical Software Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 2.319, h-index: 33)
Employee Responsibilities and Rights J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.21, h-index: 13)
Endocrine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.659, h-index: 55)
Endocrine Pathology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.555, h-index: 27)
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Energy Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.589, h-index: 5)
Engineering With Computers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.497, h-index: 26)
Entomological Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.128, h-index: 5)
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Environmental and Ecological Statistics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.389, h-index: 29)
Environmental and Resource Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16, SJR: 1.651, h-index: 46)
Environmental Biology of Fishes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.486, h-index: 53)
Environmental Chemistry Letters     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.664, h-index: 22)
Environmental Earth Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10, SJR: 0.601, h-index: 55)
Environmental Economics and Policy Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5, SJR: 0.35, h-index: 3)
Environmental Evidence     Open Access  
Environmental Fluid Mechanics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.732, h-index: 23)
Environmental Geochemistry and Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.909, h-index: 32)
Environmental Geology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.388, h-index: 14)
Environmental Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29, SJR: 0.773, h-index: 60)
Environmental Modeling & Assessment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.413, h-index: 27)
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.671, h-index: 46)
Environmental Science and Pollution Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.878, h-index: 42)
Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations     Open Access   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.002, h-index: 14)
Epileptic Disorders     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.669, h-index: 34)
EPJ A - Hadrons and Nuclei     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 1.435, h-index: 58)
EPJ B - Condensed Matter and Complex Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.749, h-index: 85)
EPJ direct     Hybrid Journal  
EPJ E - Soft Matter and Biological Physics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.661, h-index: 57)
EPMA J.     Open Access   (SJR: 0.161, h-index: 4)
ERA-Forum     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.13, h-index: 2)
Erkenntnis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11, SJR: 0.62, h-index: 14)
Erwerbs-Obstbau     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.173, h-index: 8)
Esophagus     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.268, h-index: 9)
Estuaries and Coasts     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 1.111, h-index: 61)
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.278, h-index: 8)
Ethics and Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 151, SJR: 0.363, h-index: 20)
Ethik in der Medizin     Hybrid Journal   (SJR: 0.204, h-index: 6)
Euphytica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 0.709, h-index: 57)
Eurasian Soil Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 0.271, h-index: 10)
EURO J. of Transportation and Logistics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
EURO J. on Computational Optimization     Hybrid Journal  
EURO J. on Decision Processes     Hybrid Journal  
Europaisches J. fur Minderheitenfragen     Hybrid Journal  
European Actuarial J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.737, h-index: 37)
European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1, SJR: 0.446, h-index: 12)
European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2, SJR: 1.334, h-index: 62)
European Biophysics J.     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.979, h-index: 53)
European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4, SJR: 1.269, h-index: 51)
European Clinics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
European Food Research and Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.773, h-index: 49)
European J. for Education Law and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
European J. for Philosophy of Science     Partially Free   (Followers: 4, SJR: 0.165, h-index: 2)
European J. of Ageing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8, SJR: 0.49, h-index: 17)
European J. of Applied Physiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7, SJR: 1.044, h-index: 74)
European J. of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.958, h-index: 74)
European J. of Clinical Pharmacology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.916, h-index: 69)
European J. of Dermatology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
European J. of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6, SJR: 0.24, h-index: 25)
European J. of Epidemiology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17, SJR: 1.946, h-index: 60)
European J. of Forest Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.864, h-index: 25)
European J. of Health Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9, SJR: 0.67, h-index: 25)
European J. of Law and Economics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 147, SJR: 0.242, h-index: 13)

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Journal Cover European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
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  • The role of tissue factor pathway inhibitor-2 in malignant transformation
           of sinonasal inverted papilloma
    • Abstract: Abstract The aim was to evaluate the potential role of tissue factor pathway inhibitor-2 (TFPI-2) in the process of malignant transformation of sinonasal inverted papilloma (SIP). We evaluated the expression of TFPI-2 in 23 SIP and 8 SIP with squamous cell carcinoma (IPcSCC), compared to 9 normal sinonasal mucosa by means of Western blot and immunohistochemistry staining. In addition, angiogenesis, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression and microvessel density marked by CD105 staining were assessed. Correlation of TFPI-2 expression and angiogenesis in the process of malignant transformation of SIP was investigated. Western blot results demonstrated that the protein level of TFPI-2 in IPcSCC was significantly lower than that in the control group (P < 0.01). In addition, significant difference in TFPI-2 protein expression between SIP and IPcSCC was detected (P < 0.01). Higher number of microvessel per unit area (MVNA) was observed in IPcSCC compared to SIP (P < 0.01). Correlational analysis indicated positive correlation of VEGF and MVNA (r = 0.735), inverse correlation of TFPI-2 and MVNA (r = −0.318). However, no significant correlation between TFPI-2 and VEGF was detected. We conclude that TFPI-2 might be a regulatory molecule in the malignant potential of SIP. Down regulation of TFPI-2 is associated with increased MVNA in IPcSCC, which may be involved in the process of malignant transformation of SIP.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Influences of demographic changes and medical insurance status on
           tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy rates in Korea
    • Abstract: Abstract In Korea, the proportion of the pediatric population is decreasing due to low fertility rates and aging of the society. It is hypothesized that this change in population structure and medical insurance status may affect rates of elective surgeries more significantly than clinical factors. An observational study conducted using data from the Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, with 403,924 registered patients from 2007 through 2011. We analyzed longitudinal changes in crude and age-adjusted surgery rates of three surgeries—tonsillectomy without adenoidectomy (T), adenoidectomy without tonsillectomy (A), and tonsillectomy with adenoidectomy (T&A)—according to medical insurance status: health insurance (HI) group (better economic status) versus health aid (HA) group (poorer economic status). Most of the surgeries (51.8 % of T, 93.7 % of A, and 95.1 % of T&A) were performed in patients younger than 15. Over 5 years, the proportion of the child population numbers decreased, from 17.43 to 15.41 % in the HI group and from 21.20 to 13.15 % in the HA group. Thus, crude surgery rates for T, A, and T&A decreased more rapidly in the HA group (7.50, 14.79, and 15.55 %) than the HI group (1.69, 1.49, and 0.90 %) each year. Adjusted surgery rates for T, A, and T&A increased in the HI group (1.01, 2.64, and 3.36 %) and decreased in the HA group (1.39, 2.86, and 2.76 %) each year. These adjusted surgery rates partially explains the sharper decrease in crude surgery rates in the HA group than the HI group. The crude and adjusted rates of surgeries were usually higher in lower economic status groups. In conclusion, surgery rates were affected by changes in the population structure, but by other factors as well. Predictable socioeconomic factors could be used to calculate and predict the rates for other well-established surgeries.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Diagnostic value of cone-beam CT in histologically confirmed otosclerosis
    • Abstract: Abstract This retrospective case review was performed with the aim to asses the value of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) in the preoperative diagnosis of otosclerosis. A total of 32 patients with histologically confirmed stapedial otosclerosis, who underwent unilateral stapedectomies were analyzed. Preoperative temporal bone CBCT scans were performed in all cases. CBCT imaging was characterized by a slice thickness of 0.3 mm and multiplanar image reconstruction. Histopathologic examination of the removed stapes footplates was performed in all cases. Findings of CBCT were categorized according to Marshall’s grading system (from grade 0 to grade 3). Histopathologic results were correlated to multiplanar reconstructed CBCT scans, respectively. Histologically active foci of otosclerosis (n = 21) were identified by CBCT in all cases with a sensitivity of 100 %. However, CBCT was unable to detect histologically inactive otosclerosis (n = 11, sensitivity = 0 %). According to CBCT scans, no retrofenestral lesions were found and all positive cases were recruited into the grade 1 group indicating solely fenestral lesions at the anterior pole of stapes footplates. In conclusion, CBCT is a reliable imaging method with considerably lower radiation dose than high-resolution CT (HRCT) in the preoperative diagnosis of otosclerosis. These results indicate that CBCT has high sensitivity and specificity in the detection of hypodense lesions due to histologically active otosclerosis.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Interleukin-4 receptor α-chain polymorphisms and susceptibility to
           allergic rhinitis: a meta-analysis
    • Abstract: Abstract Several polymorphisms in interleukin-4 receptor α-chain (IL-4RA) have been implicated in susceptibility to allergic rhinitis (AR), but the results are inconclusive. This meta-analysis was aimed to clarify the impact of IL-4RA polymorphisms on AR risk. Pubmed, EMBASE and Cochrane Library were searched until 2 October 2013 for eligible studies on IL-4RA polymorphism. Data were extracted, and pooled odd ratios (ORs) as well as 95 % confidence intervals (95 % CIs) were calculated. Ten studies with 1,552 AR patients and 1,473 controls were included. The results indicated that IL4RA Gln551Arg polymorphism was associated with AR susceptibility in Asian (AG vs. AA OR = 1.63, 95 % CI 1.17–2.28, I 2 = 57 %; GG vs. AA, OR = 1.69, 95 % CI 1.00–2.86, I 2 = 7 %; AG + GG vs. AA, OR = 1.68, 95 % CI 1.18–2.39, I 2 = 64 %; GG vs. AG + AA, OR = 1.47, 95 % CI 0.87–2.49, I 2 = 0 %; G vs. A, OR = 1.54, 95 % CI 1.14–2.10, I 2 = 64 %) but not in Caucasian. IL4RA Ile50 Val as well as Ser478Pro polymorphisms were not associated with AR susceptibility both in Asian and in Caucasian. Gene–gene and gene–environment interactions should be investigated in the future.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Analysis of failure following transoral laser surgery for early glottic
           cancer
    • Abstract: Abstract This study aimed at clarifying further the clinical behavior of early glottic cancer following transoral laser surgery and to determine, using retrospective analysis, whether the site of tumor involvement along the vocal fold has prognostic significance. The study included all patients treated with transoral laser surgery, for early glottic cancer (T1/T2N0M0) between May 1998 and January 2012 in a university affiliated tertiary care medical center. Data on demographics, site and extent of disease, treatment and outcome were collected and analyzed. Patients with insufficient data and/or follow-up of <2 years were excluded from the study. One-hundred and twenty-one patients were eligible for the study. Mean follow up time was 6.7 years (range 2–12 years). Overall recurrence rate following primary transoral laser surgery was 16.5 %. Histological grade was associated with higher recurrence rate (p = 0.008). Anterior commissure involvement was associated with reduced disease-free survival and tumors extending to the middle third of the true vocal fold were associated with lower recurrence rate. As per the results, anterior extension of glottic tumors is associated with higher recurrence rate compared to middle vocal fold extension, presumably due to earlier detection, better visualization and different biological behavior pattern of middle vocal fold tumors. Patients with higher grade tumors should be closely monitored for disease recurrence.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale in patients with tinnitus and hearing
           loss
    • Abstract: Abstract The study was proposed to evaluate co-morbid depression, anxiety and stress associated with tinnitus patients. The study was done on 196 subjects: 100 patients suffering from subjective tinnitus associated with hearing loss (tinnitus group), 45 patients suffering from hearing loss only (hearing loss group) and 50 healthy subjects not suffering from tinnitus or hearing loss (control group); the age ranges from 20 to 60 years old. The studied sample was subjected to full ear, nose and throat examinations and audiological evaluation. Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) was developed by Levibond H and Levibond F to assess three self-report scales designed to measure the negative emotional status of depression, anxiety and stress. All patients and control group were evaluated by DASS. (1) Depression: males were affected more than females. All patients over 60 years were affected by depression. The duration of tinnitus seems correlating with the severity of depression. Only 2 patients (4.3 %) of the hearing loss group suffer from depression. (2) Anxiety: 90 % of males suffer from anxiety as compared to 83.3 % females. The age group 20–29 years old suffers more than other age groups. Only 4 patients (8.7 %) of hearing loss group suffer from anxiety. (3) Stress: females seem to be affected by the stress (76.7 %) more than males (67.5). Patients in age group 30–39 suffer the most from the disease. There is a direct correlation between duration of tinnitus and severity of stress. No one of the hearing loss group suffers from stress. In conclusion, depression, anxiety and stress should be taken into consideration in the treatment of patients suffering from tinnitus.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Laryngeal sensation and pharyngeal delay time after (chemo)radiotherapy
    • Abstract: Abstract The objective of the study was to evaluate the association between changes in laryngeal sensation and initiation of swallowing reflex or swallowing function before and after (chemo)radiotherapy. A prospective study was conducted in a tertiary referral university hospital. Thirteen patients who received (chemo)radiotherapy for treatment of laryngeal or hypopharyngeal cancer were included. Laryngeal sensation was evaluated at the tip of the epiglottis before and 1, 3 months, and 1 year after (chemo)radiotherapy. Videofluoroscopy was performed at the same time. Quantitative determinations included changes in laryngeal sensation, computed analysis of pharyngeal delay time, the distance and velocity of hyoid bone movement during the phase of hyoid excursion, and pharyngeal residue rate (the proportion of the bolus that was left as residue in the pharynx at the first swallow). Laryngeal sensation significantly deteriorated 1 month after (chemo)radiotherapy, but there was a tendency to return to pretreatment levels 1 year after treatment. Neither pharyngeal delay time nor displacement of the hyoid bone changed significantly before and after (chemo)radiotherapy. In addition, there was no significant difference in the mean velocity of hyoid bone movement and the amount of stasis in the pharynx at the first swallow before and after (chemo)radiotherapy. After (chemo)radiotherapy, laryngeal sensation deteriorated. But, in this study, videofluoroscopy showed that swallowing reflex and function were maintained.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Long-term results of external auditory canal closure and mastoid
           obliteration in cochlear implantation after radical mastoidectomy: a
           clinical and radiological study
    • Abstract: Abstract Cochlear implant candidates with mastoid cavity present a significant challenge to safe cochlear implantation because of possible spread of infection to the inner ear as well as an increased risk of electrode array extrusion. Closure of the external auditory canal is one of the several surgical techniques utilized to block the potential entry routes for infection and to protect the implanted device. The main concern after external auditory canal closure is the risk of developing a cholesteatoma, which can lead to an asymptomatic erosion of the temporal bone and/or cochlear implant failure. In this study we present the results of very long-term (mean 12 years) clinical and radiological follow-up in 12 patients who underwent external auditory canal closure associated with mastoid and Eustachian tube obliteration to facilitate cochlear implantation. To date, with a mean ± SD follow-up of 12 ± 4.7 years (range 5–21 years), the only complication experienced was the breakdown of the EAC closure in one patient, successfully treated by performing a rotation skin flap. The results of this study confirmed that external auditory canal closure is a reliable technique in cochlear implantation after radical mastoidectomy provided that a rigorous surgical technique is performed. A right balance between the need to reduce costs and to avoid unnecessary doses of radiation to patients and the task of a radiological surveillance may be represented by performing computed tomography 12–18 months postoperatively and then, only if clinically warranted.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Diagnosis of second primary tumor and long-term survival after single
           initial triple endoscopy in patients with head and neck cancer
    • Abstract: Abstract Patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) have a high risk of developing second primary tumors (SPTs). Most of the studies concerning triple endoscopy (laryngoscopy, digestive tract endoscopy and bronchoscopy) describe the frequency and stage of the SPT, but not its impact on survival. This study is a matched pair analysis that included patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the UADT who were subjected to a triple endoscopy before the first treatment, matched with patients who did not undergo triple endoscopy. One hundred and thirty-five patients were included in each group. The diagnosis of an SPT was more frequent in the initial triple endoscopy group than in the control group (34 and 20 cases, respectively). In the initial triple endoscopy group, 50.0 % of these tumors were diagnosed simultaneously, whereas in the control, only 5.0 %. No significant differences in the survival rates or in clinical stage of the SPTs were found in the two groups. There was no difference in the clinical stage of the SPT and the survival rates of the patient groups who underwent triple endoscopy at the initial evaluation and those subjected to only a routine evaluation and follow-up.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Weekly cisplatin concurrently with radiotherapy in head and neck squamous
           cell cancer: a retrospective analysis of a tertiary institute experience
    • Abstract: Abstract Radiotherapy combined with three weekly 100 mg/m2 of cisplatin is the accepted standard of care in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. However, this regimen is associated with severe toxicities with devastating effects on patients. Alternative protocols like weekly 40 mg/m2 have been used in an attempt to reduce toxicities. The main objective of the present study is to identify the dose intensities and toxicities of weekly cisplatin in patients treated in a tertiary centre over a 12 month period. Included patients had squamous cell carcinoma arising in the oral cavity, oropharynx, larynx, or hypopharynx. Patients were excluded if they had nasopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, distant metastasis or if they had prior treatment for head and neck cancer excluding neck dissection. During the study period, 52 patients met the inclusion criteria and their data were retrospectively obtained from the patients’ database of St James hospital, Dublin. The median age of the study cohort was 54 years (range 33–73). Of the patients, 40 (76.9 %) were male and 12 (20.1 %) were female. The primary tumour sites were as follows: oral cavity and oropharynx in 38 (73 %), larynx in 10 (19 %), and hypopharynx in 4 (8 %). In total, 33 (63.5 %) patients had stage IV disease, while 19 (36.5 %) had stage III disease. Treatment was definitive in 35 (67 %) patients and adjuvant in 17 (35 %). Full-dose radiotherapy was achieved in 50 (96 %) patients. Only 22 (42.3 %) patients completed the intended six cycles of chemotherapy. Cumulative dose of 200 mg/m2 or more was reached in 37 (71 %) patients. The acute adverse effects included grades 3 and 4 mucositis, which occurred in 22 (43.3 %) and 6 patients (12 %), respectively. Grade 3 and 4 neutropenia occurred in six (11.5 %) and three (5.7 %) patients, respectively. The only other haematological toxicity was grade 3 anaemia in 20 (38.4 %) patients. There was no grade 3 or 4 renal toxicity among the study cohort, although grade 2 was observed in six (11.5 %) patients. Death occurred in one patient due to neutropenic septicaemia. In conclusion, weekly cisplatin is associated with moderate to severe toxicities and might lead to suboptimal chemotherapy delivery. More prospective clinical studies are required to determine the optimal chemoradiation regimen in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the head and neck: a distinct
           clinicopathologic entity
    • PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Analysis of sphenoid sinus in the operative plane of endoscopic
           transsphenoidal surgery using computed tomography
    • Abstract: Abstract Recently, the endoscopic transsphenoidal approach for sphenoid sinus or intracranial lesion has gained more popularity and the study of the surgical anatomy and relationships of the sphenoid sinus has gained increased significance. The aim of this study was to clarify the anatomical features of the sphenoid sinus including surrounding structures as seen in the operative view of endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery. The various distances in the sphenoid sinus as well as the relationships between the sphenoid sinus ostium (SO) and important structures such as the optic canal (OC) and carotid artery (CA) according to the presence of Onodi cell (sphenoethmoidal cell; Onodi group vs. non-Onodi group) were assessed using multiplanar and three-dimensional model of CT scans in 100 patients. The SO was more inferior in Onodi group and located superior to the lowest point of the sella. The horizontal distance from the SO to sella was approximately 13 or 14 mm depending on the existence of Onodi cells. Regardless of Onodi cell, the whole course of the OC in the sinus ran superolaterally to inferomedially in the endoscopic view. However, Onodi cell made the angles from the SO to OC larger. In Onodi group, the CA was located from the SO in a superolateral direction, but in non-Onodi group, the CA was located from the SO in the inferolateral direction. This study provides anatomical information about the sphenoid sinus, with important surgical distances between the SO and surrounding structures measured, which is essential to avoid complications during transsphenoidal surgery.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Inner ear deficits after chronic otitis media
    • Abstract: Abstract Investigation of the causes of vestibular symptoms in patients with chronic otitis media (COM) faces frustration, mainly because the bithermal caloric test using tap water is generally contraindicated in perforated ears. This study utilized audiometry, ocular vestibular-evoked myogenic potential (oVEMP) test, and cervical VEMP (cVEMP) test to evaluate inner ear deficits after COM. A total of 85 COM patients (117 ears) underwent otoscopy, image study, audiometry, oVEMP test, and cVEMP test. Mean bone-conducted (BC) hearing threshold ≤25 dB was observed in 74 ears, 26–40 dB in 30 ears, and >40 dB in 13 ears. Restated, abnormal BC hearing threshold was identified in 43 ears (37 %). Percentages of abnormal cVEMP test, oVEMP test, and BC hearing threshold in 117 COM ears were 65, 62, and 37 %, respectively, exhibiting a significantly declining sequence in inner ear function. Furthermore, cVEMP/oVEMP test results were significantly correlated with BC hearing threshold, whereas no correlation existed between the cVEMP and oVEMP test results. In conclusion, the sequence of inner ear deficits after COM runs from the saccule/utricle to the cochlea and semicircular canals. Restated, in addition to BC hearing test, the cVEMP/oVEMP test may serve as a supplementary tool for early detection of inner ear involvement in COM patients.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Distal chip versus fiberoptic laryngoscopy using endoscopic sheaths:
           diagnostic accuracy and image quality
    • Abstract: Abstract Laryngeal visualization is the hallmark in the diagnostic approach of laryngeal disease. In addition to fiberoptic techniques, digital distal chip technology has been developed to improve visualization. Endoscopic sheaths are used in daily clinical practice to prevent cross-contamination. The objective of the study was to evaluate diagnostic accuracy, image quality and interrater reliability of both flexible distal chip laryngoscopy (DCL) and flexible fiberoptic laryngoscopy (FOL) using contamination preventing endoscopic sheaths. In 53 cases both DCL and FOL images were collected during routine examination using endoscopic sheaths. All images were randomly shown to four experts in the field of laryngology and head and neck oncology. Observers were asked to choose a diagnosis, express their confidence level of that diagnosis and validate image quality: in this way 420 observations (four observers using two techniques) were analyzed. Accuracy in detecting laryngeal disease was 78 % (both DCL and FOL). Confidence level of diagnosis tended to be higher in DCL (p = 0.05). Image quality was validated better in DCL as compared to FOL (p < 0.05). Interrater agreement in identifying laryngeal disease was 1.5 times higher in DCL (κ = 0.44) as compared to FOL (κ = 0.29). In this study, reflecting daily clinical setting using sheathed endoscopes, DCL is identical to FOL regarding diagnostic accuracy, but DCL is superior to FOL in image quality and interrater reliability.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Time interval between primary radiotherapy and salvage laryngectomy: a
           predictor of pharyngocutaneous fistula formation
    • Abstract: Abstract Salvage laryngectomy (SL) is associated with high levels of morbidity. Rates of pharyngocutaneous fistulae (PCF) are as high as 35 % in some series. Patients at highest risk of such complications may be candidates for altered surgical management in terms of additional tissue transfer, or delayed tracheoesophageal puncture. This study investigates the relationship between the time from primary radiotherapy (RT) to salvage surgery and the development of PCF. 26 consecutive patients who underwent SL between 2000 and 2010 were identified from our institutional database. Demographic, staging, treatment and complication data were collected. Subgroup analysis was performed using the Student’s t test or Mann–Whitney U test for continuous variables and either Chi-squared test or Fisher’s Exact test for categorical variables. 26 patients underwent SL between October 2003 and July 2010. Of these, 15 (58 %) developed a PCF. On analysis of the time between pre-operative RT and surgery, a significant difference was seen, with a mean time of 19.5 months in those who developed a PCF versus 47.0 months in those who did not (p = 0.02). Patient characteristics, treatment, and pathology results were comparable between the two groups. There was no significant difference in distribution of the other covariates between the PCF and non-PCF groups. We reported a high rate of PCF and identified an association between PCF and a short time from primary treatment to salvage surgery. Identifying factors associated with higher rates of post-operative morbidity allows surgeons to adapt surgical planning in an attempt to minimize rates of PCF.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Quantitative study on endoscopic endonasal approach to the posterior
           sino-orbito-cranial interface: implications and clinical considerations
    • Abstract: Abstract The posterior sino-orbito-cranial interface is a critical area in the skull base since it represents a gateway to deeper vital regions. Quantification of the surgical freedom for any given point/area is an objective method for comparing in a reproducible way different surgical approaches. Three freshly injected cadaver heads (six sides) were dissected under the magnetic navigation control system. The surgical freedom (SF) and the angle of attack of fixed target points were determined from the ipsilateral nasal fossa, from the contralateral nasal fossa (after posterior septectomy), and after an anteromedial maxillotomy (according to the Denker procedure). The mean pre-operative SF value resulted to be 403.07 ± 102.73 mm2 for the ipsilateral nostril, increasing by 126.97 % for the binostril approach, by 118.45 % for the monolateral nostril approach after anteromedial maxillotomy, and by 310.48 % for the binostril approach after bilateral anteromedial maxillotomy. Laterally extended lesions require an anteromedial maxillotomy, while more medially located lesions can be managed by means of a posterior septectomy. When addressing the posterior sino-orbito-cranial interface, the transnasal binostril approach and anteromedial maxillotomy both increase the SF. The choice between them depends on exact position, relationship and clinical behaviour of the lesion to treat.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Respiratory complications after diode-laser-assisted tonsillotomy
    • Abstract: Abstract Children with certain risk factors, such as comorbidities or severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) are known to require extended postoperative monitoring after adenotonsillectomy. However, there are no recommendations available for diode-laser-assisted tonsillotomy. A retrospective chart review of 96 children who underwent diode-laser-assisted tonsillotomy (07/2011–06/2013) was performed. Data for general and sleep apnea history, power of the applied diode-laser (λ = 940 nm), anesthesia parameters, the presence of postoperative respiratory complications and postoperative healing were evaluated. After initially uncomplicated diode-laser-assisted tonsillotomy, an adjustment of post-anesthesia care was necessary in 16 of 96 patients due to respiratory failure. Respiratory complications were more frequent in younger children (3.1 vs. 4.0 years, p = 0.049, 95 % CI −1.7952 to −0.0048) and in children who suffered from nocturnal apneas (OR = 5.00, p < 0.01, 95 % CI 1.4780–16.9152) or who suffered from relevant comorbidities (OR = 4.84, p < 0.01, 95 % CI 1.5202–15.4091). Moreover, a diode-laser power higher than 13 W could be identified as a risk factor for the occurrence of a postoperative oropharyngeal edema (OR = 3.45, p < 0.01, 95 % CI 1.3924–8.5602). Postoperative respiratory complications should not be underestimated in children with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). Therefore, children with SDB, children with comorbidities or children younger than 3 years should be considered “at risk” and children with confirmed moderate to severe OSAS should be referred to a PICU following diode-laser-assisted tonsillotomy. We recommend a reduced diode-laser power (<13 W) to reduce oropharyngeal edema.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Sataloff RT, Chowdhury F, Portnoy JE, Hawkshaw MJ, Joglear S: Surgical
           techniques in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery-laryngeal surgery
    • PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Ventilation in patients with a tracheal tumor
    • PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
  • Comparison of scalp and abdomen as split-thickness skin graft donor sites
           for aural stenosis repair
    • Abstract: Abstract To evaluate and compare the scalp and the abdomen as split-thickness skin graft donor sites for aural stenosis repair. A total of 34 patients with aural stenosis were included in the study. All the patients underwent meatoplasty using split-thickness skin grafts. Among them, the skin graft donor site was the scalp in 11 patients and the abdomen in the other 23 patients. The surgical team followed the patients in the outpatient department for at least 6 months after surgery. Evaluations concerned healing of the donor site, hair regeneration of the donor site, survival of split-thickness skin grafts, reoccurrence of aural stenosis and hair growth in the ear canal. The incidences of reoccurrence of aural stenosis in the two groups were compared. Subjective scar evaluation of the donor sites was performed using the Patient Scar Assessment Scale (PASA). The scale items were pain, itching, color, stiffness, thickness and irregularity. All the scalp and abdominal donor sites healed well with no sign of infection. Hair regrowth and reepithelialization was observed at all the scalp donor sites. Pink discoloration was observed at the scalp donor sites in six patients 2–3 months after surgery and disappeared 6–9 months after surgery. Scars were observed at the scalp donor sites in two patients 6 months after surgery. No alopecia was observed at the scalp donor sites. The scars and pink discoloration were hidden in the hair. Scars and/or discoloration were observed at all the abdominal donor sites 12 months after surgery. All the scalp and abdominal skin grafts survived with no sign of infection. Hair growth was observed in the ear canals in two patients in the scalp group. The incidences of reoccurrence of aural stenosis were 0 % (0/23) in the abdominal group and 9.1 % (1/11) in the scalp group, respectively (Chi square test, p > 0.05). The PASA values about color, stiffness, thickness and irregularity were higher in the abdominal group than in the scalp group (Mann–Whitney U test, p < 0.001). The PASA values about pain and itching were the same (Mann–Whitney U test, p > 0.05). The scalp meets most requirements of an ideal donor site of skin grafts for aural stenosis. The advantages of scalp as a donor site include easy accessibility in the operative field, simple postoperative care, low risk of infection, rapid wound healing, minimal interference with rehabilitation, and minimal scar formation.
      PubDate: 2014-08-01
       
 
 
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