Christiane Koitschev

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BACKGROUND Chronic rhinosinusitis significantly impairs CF patients' quality of life and overall health. The Pari-Sinus™ device delivers vibrating aerosol effectively to paranasal sinuses. After a small pilot study to assess sinonasal inhalation of dornase alfa and placebo (isotonic saline) on potential sinonasal outcome measures, we present the subsequent(More)
RATIONALE In cystic fibrosis (CF), the paranasal sinuses are sites of first and persistent colonization by pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Pathogens subsequently descend to the lower airways, with P. aeruginosa remaining the primary cause of premature death in patients with the inherited disease. Unlike conventional aerosols, vibrating aerosols(More)
OBJECTIVE Muckle-Wells syndrome (MWS) is an inherited autoinflammatory disease characterized by fevers, rashes, arthralgia, conjunctivitis, and sensorineural hearing loss. In MWS, NLRP3 gene mutations are associated with excessive interleukin-1 release. The aims of this study were to determine the otologic characteristics of MWS, define trajectories of(More)
BACKGROUND Muckle-Wells-syndrome (MWS) is an autoinflammatory disease characterized by systemic and organ-specific inflammation due to excessive interleukin (IL)-1 release. Inner ear inflammation results in irreversible sensorineural hearing loss, if untreated. Early recognition and therapy may prevent deafness. The aims of the study were to characterize(More)
CONCLUSION The age-dependent disease progression requires accelerating diagnosis of Muckle-Wells syndrome (MWS) in order to start treatment as early as possible. The most frequent, but not obligate symptoms are familial fatigue, hearing loss, and arthralgia. The design of further clinical trials should focus on hearing in order to document the long-term(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic rhinosinusitis is a hallmark of Cystic fibrosis (CF) impairing the patients' quality of life and overall health. However, therapeutic options have not been sufficiently evaluated. Bronchial inhalation of mucolytic substances is a gold standard in CF therapy. Previously, we found that sinonasal inhalation of dornase alfa as vibrating(More)
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