Digna M. A. Kamalski

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OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS To assess hearing results and complications following primary stapedotomy in otosclerosis patients comparing the use of laser and conventional techniques for fenestration. STUDY DESIGN Systematic literature review. METHODS A systematic bibliographic search was conducted in PubMed, Embase, the Cochrane Library, Cumulative Index to(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify all disease-specific health-related quality-of-life (HR-QoL) instruments used to assess tinnitus in clinical trials and detail their psychometric properties. DATA SOURCES A literature search was performed in the bibliographical databases of PubMed and Embase to identify all articles using specific HR-QoL instruments in tinnitus(More)
OBJECTIVE To systematically review the available evidence for the reliability and validity of cervical auscultation in diagnosing the several aspects of dysphagia in adults and children suffering from dysphagia. DATA SOURCES Medline (PubMed), Embase and the Cochrane Library databases. REVIEW METHODS The systematic review was carried out applying the(More)
High-speed thermal imaging enables visualization of heating of the vestibule during laser-assisted stapedotomy, comparing KTP, CO2, and Thulium laser light. Perforation of the stapes footplate with laser bears the risk of heating of the inner ear fluids. The amount of heating depends on absorption of the laser light and subsequent tissue ablation. The(More)
OBJECTIVE Comparing hearing results in patients with otosclerosis treated with laser-assisted stapedotomy using the 2-μm thulium laser or the CO2 laser. STUDY DESIGN Prospective nonrandomized clinical study. SETTING In a tertiary referral center in France (Jean Causse Ear Clinic, Béziers), 208 primary stapedotomies were performed in 204 patients between(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess hearing results and complications following primary stapedotomy in otosclerosis patients, comparing different laser types. DATA SOURCES Pubmed, Embase, The Cochrane Library, CINAHL, and Scopus. STUDY SELECTION A systematic bibliographic search was conducted to identify all original articles, comparing hearing outcome between(More)
HYPOTHESIS Making a cochleostomy with a laser can affect the inner ear function. BACKGROUND Different types of lasers can be used to create a fenestration in the footplate of the stapes during stapedotomy. Because of variations in absorption spectra of the laser light in various tissues or fluids, each laser has its own characteristics and possible side(More)
HYPOTHESIS The mechanical and acoustic effects that occur during laser-assisted stapedotomy differ among KTP, CO2, and thulium lasers. BACKGROUND Making a fenestration in stapedotomy with a laser minimizes the risk of a floating footplate caused by mechanical forces. Theoretically, the lasers used in stapedotomy could inflict mechanical trauma because of(More)
We would like to thank the authors for taking the time to address several important issues regarding our article on laser versus conventional fenestration in stapedotomy. We agree with the authors that some considerations need to be taken into account when interpreting the findings of our systematic review. The authors once more stress that no uniform(More)
BACKGROUND Early clinical experience is being introduced in innovative, vertically integrated undergraduate medical curricula. While in many cases, this early clinical experience is limited to the presence of patients during lectures, in Utrecht students gain 'hands on' experience of daily clinical practice during 6-week clerkships. We studied students' and(More)