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AIMS/HYPOTHESIS Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL) represents an acute inner ear disorder with an overall incidence of 5-20/100000 individuals per year in western countries. No clear causes for this disease have been found so far, but cochlear ischemia has been hypothesized as one of the etiopathological mechanisms. The aim of our study(More)
Our objective is to determine the complication rate in a population of infants, children, adolescents and adults, from a University Hospital Cochlear Implant program and to discuss their causes and treatments. The methods include a retrospective study of 438 consecutive patients in a tertiary referral centre, the Audiology Department of the University(More)
Necrotizing fasciitis is a severe soft tissue infection that results in necrosis of the fasciae and subcutaneous tissues; the infection can quickly prove fatal. Although involvement of the head and neck is rare, causes are usually odontogenic or pharyngeal but can also be insect bites, local trauma, burns or surgery. We present a clinical case of a(More)
The incidence of autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED) is difficult to determine: probably it is a rare disease, accounting for <1% of all cases of hearing impairment or dizziness. Nevertheless, the diagnosis of AIED might be overlooked because of the lack of a specific diagnostic test. The hallmark of this clinically diagnosed condition is the presence of a(More)
CONCLUSIONS Despite the need for special fitting strategies, improvements in speech discrimination tests support the use of cochlear implantation (CI) for patients with Cogan syndrome. Adequate preimplant counselling is mandatory, to prevent high expectations and to stress the necessity for bilateral implantation. OBJECTIVE In 60% of patients with Cogan(More)
Lateral sinus thrombosis is a rare complication of middle ear diseases: in children, it is usually related to acute otitis media, but it is also found in adults with chronic otitis. It was more frequent in the pre-antibiotic era and mortality was high. The Authors present a paediatric case of lateral sinus thrombosis in which they describe the clinical(More)
A young woman with a thyroid papillary carcinoma behaving as an autonomously hyperfunctioning nodule is described. Only 17 similar patients have been seen in the past 25 years. It is emphasized that hyperthyroidism does not exclude malignant disease in hot nodules. This possibility suggests that all thyroid nodules, either cold or hot, require careful(More)
The authors report a case of Langerhans' cell histiocytosis (LCH) with temporal localization and rapidly evolving initial clinical presentation in a 12-year-old boy. This disease of currently unknown etiology is actually considered a proliferative entity of cells with phenotypic characteristics of normal Langerhans' cells. An immunoregulation defect leading(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the value of clinical (House-Brackmann grading) and neurophysiological (conventional electroneurography) monitoring of the facial nerve before and after (at day 10 and day 80) microsurgical parotidectomy in a group of patients with parotid tumors. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING From January 7, 1999, to February 27, 2001, 33 patients were(More)
Presbycusis and presbystasis represent relevant problems of aging, caused by the increase in life expectancy in developed countries. As such, it is advantageous to better understand the physiopathological mechanisms of these age-related inner ear diseases. The hypothesis that presbycusis and presbystasis have a genetic background was proposed some years(More)