Ann-Louise McDermott

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Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a disease with a remarkable racial and geographical distribution. In most parts of the world it is a rare condition and in only a handful of places does this low risk profile alter. These include the Southern Chinese, Eskimos and other Arctic natives, inhabitants of South-East Asia and also the populations of North Africa and(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Bone anchored hearing aids are an acceptable and now widely available form of aural rehabilitation for both adults and children. Their benefit from both audiological and quality of life perspectives has been very successful to date. The paediatric population presents a variety of challenges to those clinicians who undertake bone anchored(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the complication rates and outcomes of children who were fitted with a bone-anchored hearing aid (BAHA) on the Birmingham BAHA program. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective case analysis of clinical records of all children implanted at Birmingham Children's Hospital since the beginning of the program in 1992 until February 2007. PATIENTS A(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the self-rated quality of life and benefits associated with the use of a Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA). To assess any change in health status after a BAHA. STUDY DESIGN This was a retrospective postal questionnaire study. The Glasgow Children's Benefit Inventory was the validated tool used.Children with a BAHA on the Birmingham(More)
Bone-anchored hearing aids (Baha(®)) are a well-established and readily available option for aural rehabilitation for children. Audiological outcomes and paediatric quality of life results have added to the evidence of benefit of Baha. Recent years have seen an increase in the number of centres worldwide providing a Baha service for children. Indications(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the impact of anti-reflux treatment and speech therapy on subjective voice measurements of patients with laryngopharyngeal reflux. METHODS This paper reports a prospective study of patients seen in a voice clinic over a three-year period who were being treated for laryngopharyngeal reflux. Patients were assessed at presentation using(More)
Maffucci's syndrome is a rare congenital non-inherited condition, characterized by multiple enchondromata, cutaneous haemangiomata and more recently spindle-cell haemangioma-endotheliomata. It is associated with an increased risk of malignancy including intracranial chondrosarcomas. Early diagnosis is crucial; screening patients with Ollier's disease is(More)
A prospective analysis of patients referred by Otolaryngologists from a tertiary hospital for detailed assessment of the posterior cranial fossa was undertaken. The objectives were to evaluate radiological characteristics of the anterior inferior cerebellar artery (AICA) within the cerebellopontine angle (CPA) and the internal auditory canal (IAC), and to(More)
Facial nerve haemangioma is a rare benign neoplasm accounting for 0.7 per cent of all tumours involving the temporal bone. The diagnosis of a facial nerve tumour is often missed or delayed. Early diagnosis is imperative as it influences the eventual outcome for facial nerve function. Prognosis is related to the size of the tumour, the severity and the(More)