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AIMS Aural atresia is a congenital disease constituted by partial or complete lack of development of the external auditory canal, which is generally associated with malformations of the auricle and middle ear. Reconstruction of the auditory canal and correction of any deformities of the middle ear have yielded unpredictable results and variable functional(More)
The aim of this work is to reexamine our experience with the treatment of conductive and mixed hearing loss using the Baha system. The system was implanted in 47 patients (16 adults and 31 children under the age of 14), bilaterally in two cases. The causes of hypoacusis were bilateral congenital aural atresia (31 patients), bilateral chronic otitis media or(More)
OBJECTIVE The study provides a qualitative evaluation of unilateral vestibulopathy by comparing otolithic and canal function, to establish possible relationships between the type of dysfunction observed and the evolving clinical pictures associated with it. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective study of a series of cases. SETTING Department of Medical-Surgical(More)
Head and neck injuries due to sports and games represent 22.7% of all injuries admitted to the E.N.T. Department of the University of Perugia between 1980 and 1988. Epidemiological and causative factors of these injuries are examined by the authors, together with their treatment: the majority of accidents occurred during soccer games as a consequence of(More)
In the elderly patient, instability is a syndrome in which a loss of balance, during ambulation or while standing, can give rise to falls, with consequent disability and morbidity. Maintaining the correct static and dynamic balance is known to be the result of the synergetic functioning of different systems. In old age, however, the efficiency of these(More)
Clinico-instrumental criteria to reliably detect simulated vertigo remain to be defined. Computed dynamic posturography (Equitest) has been used to identify additional factors to distinguish simulated, from real vertigo. The present study population comprised 23 normal subjects and 16 patients with documented vestibular impairment. Normal subjects were also(More)
OBJECTIVE Comparative evaluation of two tests that, as a visual reference, respectively use a static light source (static testing) and a dynamic one (dynamic testing) to analyze subjective visual vertical in patients with unilateral vestibular dysfunction. STUDY DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING Otolaryngology and Cervicofacial Surgery Division,(More)
Subjective visual vertical refers to an individual's ability to indicate what, in his or her opinion, is a perfectly vertical line in specific experimental conditions. Although the otolith organs play a key role in the perception of verticality, the contribution of other sensory systems, e.g. the visual and proprioceptive systems, cannot be overlooked. The(More)
Personal experience in performing linear stapler closure of the pharynx during 70 total laryngectomies is reported. Laryngeal staplers (55 and 60 cm) with an angled handle were used, permitting vertical closure with 19 or 20 metal staples in a double row. A closed technique was initially used, but, over the years, this has gradually been replaced by the(More)
OBJECTIVE Our goal was to verify the existence of otolithic dysfunction or mental stress in patients with dizziness following an episode of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) that was treated and resolved. STUDY DESIGN Prospective study. METHODS Forty patients with BPPV were examined 2, 7, and 14 days after resolution. Based on residual(More)