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Allergic fungal rhinosinusitis (AFRS) has a worldwide distribution. This survey of 20 otolaryngologic practices throughout the United States confirmed a variation in the frequency of AFRS relative to endoscopic sinus procedures performed for all other diagnoses. The highest incidence occurred in Memphis, Tennessee at 23%, with three other southern practices(More)
Interaural time difference (ITD), the main cue for localization of low-frequency sound in azimuth, is widely thought to be evaluated according to Jeffress' model. This theory proposes that each of an array of neurons detects coinciding input from both ears, conducted along axonal delay lines, with the azimuth angle corresponding to the activation of(More)
BACKGROUND Using the reverse Trendelenburg position (RTP) during functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) is a safe, simple, and cost-free method that has been found to reduce intraoperative blood loss. However, the critical angle of RTP that produces the least amount of bleeding without compromising surgical technique and safety remains unanswered. The(More)
This document provides health care practitioners with information regarding the management of acute rhinosinusitis (ARS) and chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) to enable them to better meet the needs of this patient population. These guidelines describe controversies in the management of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis (ABRS) and include recommendations that take(More)
Allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS), first described over 18 years ago and subsequently identified using established criteria, remains a challenge to treat. Our protocol has included complete functional endoscopic sinus surgery to remove the fungal load and restore physiologic mucous clearance. The patient is treated with prednisone for several months and(More)
RATIONALE As the life expectancy for individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF) continues to improve, an emphasis on optimizing health-related quality of life (HRQoL) has become increasingly important. The Cystic Fibrosis Questionnaire-Revised (CFQ-R 14+) is the most widely accepted method to quantify HRQoL in this patient population. OBJECTIVES Our objective(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare NasoPore (Stryker Canada, Hamilton, ON, Canada) and a traditional middle meatal spacer (MMS) composed of Merocel ((Medtronic Xomed, Mississauga, ON, Canada) placed in a vinyl glove finger in functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) with regard to postoperative bleeding, wound healing, and patient comfort. DESIGN A prospective,(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative scarring in the frontal recess is the most common cause of iatrogenic frontal sinusitis. Topical mitomycin-C (MMC) is an antifibroblastic agent that has been shown to reduce clinical scarring. This is a preliminary report of a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial using MMC to determine its effectiveness in reducing(More)
INTRODUCTION Traditional frontal sinus stents serve only as mechanical devices. It has been proposed that stents also may serve as drug-delivery systems for the topical application of drugs that minimize postoperative scarring. Paclitaxel (Taxol), which has recognized antiscarring effects, may be incorporated via a polymeric formulation into standard rubber(More)
The InstaTrak system by Visualization Technologies, Inc. (Woburn, MA) has recently introduced attachments that can be utilized to localize the tip of the XPS Straightshot debrider (Xomed Industries, Jacksonville, FL) during image-guided surgery. The accuracy of these newer attachments has not been objectively tested in a clinical setting. Our primary(More)