ORL 2020-11-27

Content Vol. 82, 2020

Publicatie 27-11-2020


ORL 2020;82:I–VI

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Acknowlegement to Reviewers

Publicatie 27-11-2020


ORL 2020;82:351–352

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Apparently Minor Head Trauma Can Lead to Anosmia: A Case Report

Y Zang,A Hähner,S Negoias,T Lakner,T Hummel

Publicatie 11-11-2020


We report the case of a 49-year-old female patient who suffered from anosmia following an apparently mild head trauma when bumping into a door at her home. She reported no other accompanying symptoms after the injury that day. Olfactory function was completely lost, which was noted the day after the trauma. Gustatory function remained normal. Magnetic resonance imaging indicated lesions/bleeding in the right frontal lobe and in the area of the olfactory sulcus/bulb. The present case indicates that in case of apparently mild head trauma with anosmia, an MRI scan of the head should be performed because of suspect brain damage. This case also points to the deeper question how to gauge severity of head trauma. ORL

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Transoral Laser Surgery for Early Glottic Carcinoma: A Single Surgeon Experience of 101 Consecutive Cases

K Ozturk,G Turhal

Publicatie 10-11-2020


Purpose: Investigate the clinical and oncological results of early-stage glottic laryngeal carcinoma patients performed by a single surgeon. Methods: This study was carried out at a tertiary academic center. A total of 101 patients were included (92 males 91.1%, 9 females 8.9%). Mean age was 62.98 ± 10.2 years (range 33–87). Recurrence, disease-free survival, overall survival, laryngeal preservation rates were analyzed. Results: Tumor stage was Tis (carcinoma in situ) in 11 patients (10.9%), T1a in 66 patients (65.3%), T1b in 12 patients (11.9%), and T2 in 12 patients (11.9%). Postoperative pathology was squamous cell carcinoma in 69 patients (68.3%), carcinoma in situ in 26 patients (25.7%), and high-grade dysplasia in 6 patients (5.9%). Five patients (5.0%) underwent type 1, 7 (6.9%) type 2, 45 (44.6%) type 3, 24 (23.8%) type 4, 6 (5.9%) type 5a, 8 (7.9%) type 5c, 4 (4.0%) type 5d, and 2 (2.0%) type 6 cordectomy. Median follow-up time was 30 months (range 14–66). There were 5 recurrences (5.0%). Three-year disease-free survival was 94.4%. Three-year disease-free survival for stage I and II patients was 94.9 and 91.7%, respectively. Overall survival was 93.8%. Only 1 patient died related to cardiovascular disease. Disease-specific survival was 100%. Conclusions: In conclusion, this is a large case series with good oncological outcomes presented with the perspective of a single surgeon. The data of the study is in accordance with the previous reports. ORL

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Feasibility of Powered Intracapsular Tonsillectomy in Pediatric Patients with Tonsil Problem, Including Recurrent Tonsillitis: A Single Surgeon’s Experience

H Kim,SW Li,SM Park,SK Kim,SJ Hong,SM Hong,YB Kim,IS Park

Publicatie 19-10-2020


Introduction: Powered intracapsular tonsillectomy (PIT) is a technique that protects the tonsillar capsule by using a microdebrider, resulting in faster wound-healing and reduced suffering. Many studies have found PIT to be effective, particularly in pediatric patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, previous studies have not included patients with a history of recurrent tonsillitis. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of PIT in pediatric patients even with a history of recurrent tonsillitis, and therefore, we want to expand the indication for PIT and reveal its safety. Methods: A total of 886 pediatric patients underwent PIT between February 2013 and March 2016. All patients rated their postoperative pain using a visual analog scale (VAS) and completed the Korean obstructive sleep apnea (KOSA)-18 questionnaire for assessment of their quality of life (QOL). There were 539 males and 347 females. Their mean age was 6.2 years (range 2–14 years). The majority (77.7%) underwent the operation for OSA, and the rest (22.3%) had a history of recurrent tonsillitis. To compare the efficacy of PIT with traditional tonsillectomy, we selected 191 patients who underwent extracapsular tonsillectomy (ECT), a conventional technique, during the same time period. The median follow-up period was 16.7 months. During the follow-up period, instances of delayed bleeding and recurrent pharyngitis were monitored. Results: In comparison to the patients who underwent ECT, the PIT group showed significantly fewer cases of postoperative bleeding (p = 0.027). Thirteen patients in the PIT group (1.5%) visited the hospital during the follow-up period for pharyngitis, while 8 in the ECT group (4.2%) visited for pharyngitis. The mean postoperative pain score, as assessed by a VAS, was 4.6 ± 3.2, and pain improved within an average of 2.9 days after surgery in the PIT group. The mean KOSA-18 score for the QOL of the patients was 65.9 preoperatively and 35.6 postoperatively in the PIT group. Conclusions: Pediatric tonsillectomy using PIT is valid for reducing postoperative pain and improving the QOL of OSA patients. PIT is also effective and safe for patients with a history of recurrent tonsillitis. ORL 2020;82:335–342

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Aspiration Prevention Surgery under Local Anesthesia for Palliative Care in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer: A Report of Two Cases

M Sekiguchi Koyama,R Ueha,T Goto,T Sato,A Tachibana,Y Mizumoto,T Nito,T Yamasoba

Publicatie 19-10-2020


Aspiration prevention (AP) surgery may improve the quality of life (QOL) of patients with severe dysphagia. However, not all patients can endure this type of surgery under general anesthesia because of their poor status. Herein, we describe the cases of 2 patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) who underwent AP surgery for palliative care. Although both patients had tracheostomy due to severe dysphagia and respiratory impairment and frequently needed suction, they were successfully managed with AP surgery under local anesthesia. A tracheostoma was reshaped to be sufficiently large for an airway to be secured without a cannula. Their respiratory failure gradually improved, and suction frequency markedly decreased after surgery; thus, they could receive medical treatment at home. When patients with HNC under palliative care have a tracheal cannula and cannot vocalize, AP surgery under local anesthesia is an option to improve their QOL. ORL

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Short-Term Follow-Up of Self-Isolated COVID-19 Patients with Smell and Taste Dysfunction in Greece: Two Phenotypes of Recovery

I Konstantinidis,A Delides,E Tsakiropoulou,P Maragoudakis,S Sapounas,S Tsiodras

Publicatie 13-10-2020


Introduction: The course of anosmia and ageusia in COVID-19 patients is not yet clearly known. We present short-term follow-up data concerning mild to moderate disease in home-quarantined COVID-19 patients in Greece. Methods: We provided a symptom questionnaire and instructions for a self-administered home smell-and-taste test to 79 positive COVID-19 patients from 2 tertiary hospitals in Greece. The patients recorded their subjective symptoms before and during infection as well as 4 weeks after the diagnosis. The patients also underwent the home test during infection and 4 weeks later. Results: Twenty-nine patients (36.7%) reported a loss of smell, and 21 (27.8%) reported a loss of taste, with equal prevalences between genders. We observed 2 types of recovery, i.e., a rapid, almost complete recovery, and a second slower and partial recovery. The type of recovery was not age related. A rapid recovery was observed in two thirds of the patients, with their olfactory ratings presenting a trend towards significance in correlation with nasal obstruction. A slow recovery in olfaction was correlated with low intensity ratings in odors with a trigeminal compound. The loss of taste was more pronounced in sweet and salty intensity ratings. Conclusion: Chemosensory deficits associated with COVID-19 infection were quite frequent among the Greek patients with mild or moderate disease who, in most cases, returned to normal within 4 weeks. However, 1 in 3 patients presented with persistent olfactory and gustatory dysfunction in the short term. ORL 2020;82:295–303

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Protection of Medical Staff during Tracheotomy: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

DH Lee,S Kim,JS Kim,BG Kim,KH Chang,JO Park

Publicatie 08-10-2020


Background: During the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, tracheotomy under emergency situation is considered a high-risk procedure that causes probable expose to aerosolized secretion. Summary: We reviewed our case and previous reports, and summarized a detailed protocol that is needed to protect medical staffs who perform tracheotomy under the COVID-19 pandemic, considering the patient’s condition, experience of medical staff members, and available facilities and equipment. Key Messages: For efficient protection of medical staff who perform tracheotomy under the COVID-19 pandemic period, we suggest that the following needs to be considered: assessment of patient’s condition (COVID-19 infection and the airway problem), route (safest route to the operating room), experienced surgical team, negative-pressure isolation facility and appliance (personal protective equipment) availability, and safe and appropriate post-tracheotomy care. ORL 2020;82:304–309

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Management of a Unique Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma Subtype in the Era of SARS-CoV-2

JE Douglas,AC Kaufman,K Rajasekaran

Publicatie 05-10-2020


The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic has influenced the timeliness of care for patients with both common and rare conditions, particularly those affecting high-risk operative sites such as the upper aerodigestive tract. Sinonasal undifferentiated carcinoma (SNUC) represents a rare malignancy of the sinonasal tract, a unique subset of which has never been previously reported in the otolaryngology literature and is characterized by inactivation of the SMARCB (INI-1) tumor suppressor gene. This subtype exhibits a particularly poor prognosis and is characterized pathologically by its rhabdoid appearance. Here we present the case of an individual who was diagnosed with a sinonasal mass during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, which was ultimately found to be SMARCB (INI-1)-deficient sinonasal carcinoma. Advanced imaging was deferred in the interest of limiting the patient’s exposure to the virus, and expedited operative management was performed which facilitated prompt referral for adjuvant chemoradiation. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic presents unique challenges, but the work-up of high-risk lesions must be prioritized; this continues to be paramount as SARS-CoV-2 resurges in many cities across the USA. ORL

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The Effect of Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation in the Rehabilitation of Patients with Vestibular Disorders

DŞ Ceylan,A Ataş,M Kaya

Publicatie 29-09-2020


Introduction: The aim of the study was to increase the participants’ satisfaction with the unilateral peripheral vestibular pathology, in addition to the exercise program, with galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS). Methods: Participants were divided into 2 groups: study group (41 subjects) and control group (32 subjects). Participants who underwent videonystagmography and sensory organization testing, which were objective test methods at the beginning, were invited to check in every week for 6 weeks to perform GVS and/or exercise in the exercise program. Objective tests were repeated at the end of the sixth week. A visual analog scale (VAS) was administered every week. Results: Unilateral weakness, balance scores 4, 5, 6; visual, vestibular, preference and strategy scores 5, 6; center of gravity 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; composite scores were different between the groups after rehabilitation (p #x3c; 0.05). In terms of VAS, the study group began to feel better at the end of the first week than the control group (p #x3c; 0.01). Discussion/Conclusion: It was found that the study group benefited both from an objective and a subjective point of view more than participants in the control group. ORL

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