Francesca Vitullo

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BACKGROUND The classic infratemporal fossa type A approach (IFTA-A) permits superior and anterior exposure of the jugular foramen. The transcondylar-transtubercular extension facilitates posteroinferior and medial access to the jugular foramen. The purpose of this study was to present the IFTA-A with transcondylar-transtubercular extension and to assess its(More)
Head and neck paragangliomas, rare neoplasms of the paraganglia composed of nests of neurosecretory and glial cells embedded in vascular stroma, provide a remarkable example of organoid tumor architecture. To identify genes and pathways commonly deregulated in head and neck paraganglioma, we integrated high-density genome-wide copy number variation (CNV)(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS To identify complex cases of tympanojugular paraganglioma (TJP) and to analyze their management and surgical outcome. To present strategy and guidelines on how to deal with the perioperative complicating factors. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective analysis. METHODS We retrospectively studied 212 TJP patients to identify the complex cases(More)
BACKGROUND The primary treatment of vagal paraganglioma (VP) includes 'wait and scan', surgery and radiotherapy. OBJECTIVES To present the clinical findings, surgical treatment including application of internal carotid artery (ICA) stenting to facilitate surgery, and complications, as well as to review the literature and to discuss the decision-making(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term facial nerve outcome according to management of the facial nerve in patients undergoing surgery for Fisch class C tympanojugular paragangliomas. The study population consisted of 122 patients. The infratemporal type A approach was the most common surgical procedure. The facial nerve was left in place in 2(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to determine whether commercial air travel soon after tympanoplasty significantly affects graft healing rates. METHODS We performed a retrospective analysis of 169 patients who underwent tympanoplasty from 1993 to 2009, comparing two groups of patients: 69 patients who flew 1 day after surgery and 100 who did not. The confounding(More)
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