ORL 2020-09-09

Effects of Craniosacral Osteopathy in Patients with Peripheral Vestibular Pathology

F Atay,K Bayramlar,ET Sarac

Publicatie 09-09-2020


Introduction: Vertigo appears as a result of a sudden neural activity imbalance of the vestibular system. The vertigo prevalence is higher in patients over 60 years of age compared to patients under 40 years of age. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to analyze the effect of craniosacral osteopathy on dizziness and balance in individuals who have peripheral vestibular pathology. Methods: A total of 30 individuals, aged 24–50 years, participated in this study. Twenty-four of the participants were female (80%) and 6 were male (20%). The participants were separated into 2 groups, with 15 patients included in the cranial osteopathy treatment group (study group) and 15 patients included in the group that used dimenhydrinate (control group). The individuals were evaluated in terms of dizziness and balance. A visual analog scale was used to evaluate dizziness. Balance was evaluated using the Berg balance scale and the Activities-Specific Balance Confidence scale. The craniosacral treatment program was applied once per week for 6 sessions. All of the individuals included in this study were evaluated 3 times, i.e., prior to treatment, on the third week of treatment, and on the sixth week of treatment. Results: Significant improvement was noted within each group in terms of dizziness and balance (p #x3c; 0.05). When the groups were compared with each other, it was observed that craniosacral osteopathy was more effective than dimenhydrinate treatment for dizziness and balance (p #x3c; 0.05). Conclusion: Craniosacral osteopathy is an effective treatment choice in individuals who have chronic peripheral vestibular pathology. In individuals who have resistant and chronic vestibular pathology, craniosacral osteopathy should be evaluated among the treatment choices. ORL

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Exceptional Response to PD-1 Blockade as First-Line Therapy in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma

T Kumai,H Komatsuda,Y Minami,Y Harabuchi

Publicatie 03-09-2020


The effect of PD-1 blockade as a first-line therapy in nonmetastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) remains unknown. We report a case of an exceptional response to PD-1 blockade as a first-line therapy in a patient with HNSCC and lung cancer. A 59-year-old man presented with cheek swelling and chest pain. He was diagnosed with maxillary sinus carcinoma (squamous cell carcinoma) and lung cancer (non-small-cell lung cancer, not otherwise specified). The maxillary sinus carcinoma was completely resolved after 8 cycles of pembrolizumab. Immune checkpoint blockade warrants further evaluation in previously untreated patients with HNSCC. ORL

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Clinical Analysis of Laryngeal Spindle Cell Carcinoma

L Chen,Q Chen,C Li,L Zhou,S Wang,M Zhang

Publicatie 02-09-2020


Aims: To investigate the clinical features, treatment, and outcomes of laryngeal spindle cell carcinoma (SpCC). Methods: Between 2005 and 2014, patients from our hospital with SpCC of the larynx were retrospectively analyzed alongside patient data from the SEER database of America. Results: A total of 11 patients with SpCC of the larynx were diagnosed and underwent surgery in our hospital. All patients were male and all tumors were located in the glottis. The 3- and 5-year OS rates were both 54.5%. In the SEER database, 148 patients were diagnosed with SpCC of the larynx. The 3- and 5-year OS rates were 72.8 and 63.2%, respectively. According to the comparison of propensity score-matched analysis, the OS was longer in squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the larynx (p #x3c; 0.0001). Conclusion: SpCC of the larynx is rare and typically originates in the glottis. Its prognosis is worse than that of laryngeal SCC, and surgery is a reasonable treatment strategy. ORL

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Predictors of Nodal Metastasis in Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Oral Cavity and Oropharynx

DC Reny,VJ Ranasinghe,LC Magana,AC Kaufman,AA Chalian,BW O Apos Malley,GS Weinstein,RM Brody

Publicatie 18-08-2020


Introduction: Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) of the upper aerodigestive tract (UADT) is an uncommon malignancy, with limited literature available on its clinical and pathologic characteristics. Here, we describe the behavior of MEC of the UADT including pathologic characteristics and predictors of nodal metastasis. Methods: Retrospective cohort study of patients with MEC of the UADT treated at an academic medical center from January 2008 to May 2018. Data was collected about demographics and tumor characteristics including clinical and histological data. The two-tailed Student t test and χ2 analysis were performed to assess for predictors of nodal metastasis. Results: We identified 44 patients with minor salivary gland MEC of the oral cavity (OC) and oropharynx (OP). All patients were treated with primary site surgery. The primary site was the OC in 25 patients (57%) and OP in 19 (43%). Low-grade histology was seen in 27 specimens (61.4%), intermediate histology in 9 specimens (20.5%), and high-grade histology in 8 specimens (18.2%). Perineural invasion was noted in 10 specimens (22.7%). Neck dissection was performed in 17 patients (39%), with pathologically positive nodes found in 9 (20.5%). Notably, 5 of the 9 positive nodal specimens were found in clinically node-negative necks. Pathologically positive cervical lymph nodes were significantly associated with the OP as the primary site (p = 0.0005), perineural invasion (p = 0.012), lymphovascular invasion (p #x3c; 0.001), and high-grade histology (p = 0.004) in the primary specimen. Discussion: MEC of the UADT is an uncommon malignancy. Our findings suggest elective neck dissection should be considered with perineural and lymphovascular invasion, high-grade tumor, and the OP as the primary site. ORL

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The Atopy Index Inventory: A Brief and Simple Tool to Identify Atopic Patients

F Di Berardino,D Zanetti,D Monzani,B Rossaro,G Cantarella,P Dejonckere,L Pignataro

Publicatie 13-08-2020


Introduction: Atopy and ear, nose and throat (ENT) diseases are frequently associated; however, no clinical tool has been proposed so far to discriminate which patients could be atopic and therefore deserving of a further immunoallergological evaluation. Objective: The aim of this study was to assess and validate a set of dichotomous responses suitable for predicting the presence of atopy in adult patients. Methods: An 11-item questionnaire, i.e., the Atopy Index Inventory (AII), comprised of 4 questions regarding the clinical history for allergic disease and 7 questions evaluating the presence of the most frequent clinical signs affecting allergic patients, was developed and administered to 226 adult subjects (124 atopic subjects and 102 healthy, not atopic subjects). The atopic condition was proven by an immunoallergological evaluation according to the diagnostic criteria of the EAACI guidelines. Internal consistency and clinical validity were tested. Results: In healthy subjects, the first 4 variables of the AII returned a 100% correct response (all answered “no”) and were defined as “decisive” responses. In the logistic regression analysis, when decisive items were negative, the atopic condition was confirmed when answering “yes” to at least 3 “probability” items (cut-off = 2.69). The difference in AII scores between allergic and healthy group was significant using the Mann-Whitney U test (p #x3c; 0.0001). The sensitivity and specificity of the AII were 0.97 and 0.91, respectively, with a true predictive value of 0.92 and a false predictive value of 0.97. The ROC curve showed an area of 0.94, with an OR of 0.88 (95% CI 0.87–0.97, p = 0.0001). The internal consistency as determined by the Cronbach α coefficient was 0.88. Conclusion: The AII has been proven to be a brief, simple and sufficiently accurate tool for screening ENT patients in search of atopic individuals and to allow their clinical management. ORL

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Interleukin-17A Expression Correlated with the Prognosis of Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps and the Anti-Interleukin-17A Effect in a Murine Nasal Polyps Model

JC Huang,XH Chen,ZY Wang,X Li,LH Chang,GH Zhang

Publicatie 29-07-2020


Objective: To investigate the expression of interleukin-17A (IL-17A) in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) and to analyze its effect on prognosis and to explore the role and mechanism of anti-IL-17A effect in vivo by establishing a murine nasal polyps (NP) model. Methods: Patients with CRSwNP who underwent endoscopic sinus surgery and matched control subjects were collected. We investigated IL-17A expression in human NP tissues using immunohistochemistry and analyzed their clinical features, including Lund-Mackay computed tomography scoring (LMCS) before surgery, Lund-Kennedy endoscopic scoring (LKES) before surgery (LKES B), LKES 6 months after surgery (LKES A), and reduction of LKES (LKES R). Then, after establishing the murine NP model to detect the expression and correlation of IL-17A and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) in nasal tissue, we studied nasal lavage fluid and serum by PCR and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in vivo. Anti-IL-17A treatment was administered in the murine NP model to confirm the function of IL-17A during the pathogenic processes. Results: IL-17A expression was upregulated in NP tissues from patients with CRSwNP compared with control subjects (p #x3c; 0.001). The number of IL-17A+ cells was significantly negatively correlated with LKES R in patients with CRSwNP (p #x3c; 0.01). However, there was no significant correlation between IL-17A and LMCS or LKES B (all p #x3c; 0.05). Further, IL-17A and MMP-9 were more abundant in nasal mucosa of the murine NP model compared with that of control mice (all p #x3c; 0.05), and severe polypoid lesions were apparently observed in murine NP models. Anti-IL-17A treatment downregulated the mRNA and protein expression of MMP-9 in nasal mucosa and reduced the number of polypoid lesions in the murine NP model (all p #x3c; 0.05). Conclusion: Our results suggest that IL-17A plays a crucial role and may affect the prognosis of CRSwNP. Anti-IL-17A treatment may reduce the formation of polypoid lesions through inhibition of MMP-9 expression. ORL

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Patient Perception of Swallowing after Thyroidectomy in the Absence of Laryngeal Nerve Injury

NMDS Martins,ES Novalo-Goto,ICM Diz-Leme,T Goulart,RP Ranzatti,AKN Leite,RA Dedivitis,LL Matos

Publicatie 17-07-2020


Introduction: Swallowing and voice alterations may manifest in patients with thyroid disease, especially after thyroidectomy. Objective: To identify the prevalence of patients with complaints of swallowing disorders after thyroidectomy and to evaluate patients’ perceptions regarding swallowing before and after the procedure. Methods: A prospective longitudinal study was performed with 26 consecutive patients undergoing a private service thyroidectomy, in which the presence of swallowing dysfunction was evaluated using validated questionnaires that addressed the perception of swallowing by patients before (on the day of surgery) and after the surgery (on the first postoperative day). Results: Of the 26 patients, 18 (69.2%) were subjected to total thyroidectomy and 8 to partial thyroidectomy. Analysis of the domains of the Swallowing Handicap Index questionnaire showed higher scores when evaluated on the first postoperative day, demonstrating a significant worsening in swallowing after the procedure. The same result was demonstrated for the final score of swallowing perception, with 15.3 and 30.8% of patients reporting moderate alterations before and after the thyroidectomy, respectively, and 11.5% reporting the alterations as severe. Swallowing and vocal symptoms on the first postoperative day were more prevalent in the procedure than previously mentioned. Eight patients (30.8%) noted swallowing alterations before the procedure, compared with 80.8% (21 cases) after thyroidectomy. Conclusion: There was a prevalence of 42.3% in swallowing complaints on the first postoperative day, regardless of the lesion in the laryngeal innervation, and this prevalence was significantly higher than that prior to the procedure. ORL

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Radical Tonsillectomy and Superior Pharyngeal Constrictor Anatomy: A Cadaveric and Oncologic Specimen Assessment

JD Amin,ME Kallen,KM Hatten

Publicatie 13-07-2020


Introduction: The rise in primary surgical management of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma has led to varying interpretations of the histopathologic evaluation following a radical tonsillectomy. The oncologic margin may be significantly influenced by the morphologic relations and anatomic dimensions of the palatine tonsil and superior pharyngeal constrictor (SPC) muscle. Objective: The aim of this study was to characterize the gross and histologic anatomic features of the palatine tonsil and SPC muscle following an en bloc radical tonsillectomy. Methods: Radical tonsillectomy specimens were collected from cadaveric and oncologic subjects. Specimens were processed using standard histopathologic techniques and were analyzed by a board-certified head and neck pathologist. The thickness of the SPC muscle and relationship to the tonsillar carcinoma were assessed. Results: Six cadaveric and 10 oncologic specimens were analyzed. The mean minimum SPC width for all cadaveric specimens was 1.02 ± 0.50 mm. The mean minimum width for oncologic specimens was 0.76 ± 0.46 mm. The mean distance from tonsil carcinoma to the lateral specimen margin was 1.79 ± 1.39 mm. Conclusion: Due to the limited width of the SPC muscle, a margin in excess of 2 mm may not be attainable in a transoral radical tonsillectomy. Margin status may be ideally determined by the integrity of the SPC muscle in future oncologic studies, rather than an adequate distance measurement. ORL

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The Nasoseptal Chondromucosal Flap: A Rigid Reconstructive Technique for Skull Base and Orbital Defects

DB Spielman,M Kim,J Overdevest,DA Gudis

Publicatie 13-07-2020


Introduction: The pedicled mucoperichondrial nasoseptal flap serves as the predominant reconstructive option for anterior skull base defects. Its use has also been described for repair of the lamina papyracea following orbital tumor removal. Large skull base or orbital defects may benefit from a more rigid reconstruction to reduce the risk of herniation of orbital or intracranial contents into the sinonasal cavity, which could result in enophthalmos, diplopia, or an encephalocele. Objective: This study aims to test the feasibility of using a vascularized rigid composite nasoseptal chondromucosal flap for increased structural support in repairing skull base or orbital defects. Methods: The study was conducted in a cadaver model in a surgical skills laboratory. Results: We demonstrate a novel technique for harvesting and insetting a pedicled vascularized autologous rigid composite nasoseptal chondromucosal flap to repair both orbital and anterior skull base defects. The graft is harvested with intact mucosa, cartilage, and bilateral perichondrium to preserve a contiguous vascular supply. Confirmation of successful reconstruction is achieved via transcranial and transorbital access to visualize the graft from above. Conclusion: The cartilaginous support with associated perichondrium adds to the structural integrity of the reconstruction and may serve as an alternative to devascularized autologous grafts or synthetic materials, which may be particularly advantageous in patients with large defects or those requiring adjuvant radiation. ORL

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Effects of Cochlear Implantation on Tinnitus and Depression

ET Sarac,M Ozbal Batuk,IT Batuk,S Okuyucu

Publicatie 26-06-2020


Introduction: Tinnitus is prevalent in 66–88% of cochlear implant users. The reason for this high prevalence is that hearing impairment is the most common cause of tinnitus. Objective: This study aims to determine the effect of cochlear implant and to compare the severity of tinnitus and depression in adult cochlear implant users with tinnitus. Methods: Patients diagnosed with tinnitus filled out the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory and the Beck Depression Inventory during CI candidate evaluation. The audiological follow-up in the present study included only patients suffering from tinnitus before the cochlear implant surgery. This study included only patients who had tinnitus handicap inventory and Beck Depression Inventory clinical records pre- and postoperatively, including 23 adult cochlear implant users (13 males and 10 females) aged 18–76 years. Results and Conclusion: There was a statistically significant decrease in the severity of tinnitus and depression after cochlear implant. As the participants’ tinnitus level and grade decreased, their depression levels also decreased. Depression levels decreased after the use of a cochlear implant compared to before cochlear implantation. Cochlear implantation is currently used only for hearing restoration. However, cochlear implantation may be used in rehabilitation for tinnitus in patients with severe hearing loss and in tinnitus patients. In addition cochlear implantation can be a depression rehabilitation method by reducing tinnitus. ORL 2020;82:209–215

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