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OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS To describe the inferior retrotympanic anatomy from an endoscopic perspective. STUDY DESIGN This was an anatomic study on a retrospective case series. METHODS During November 2009 and December 2009, videos from endoscopic middle ear procedures carried out between June 2007 and November 2009 and stored in our database were(More)
CONCLUSION The endoscopic approach to attic cholesteatoma allows clear observation of the tensor fold area and consequently, excision of the tensor fold, modifying the epitympanic diaphragm. This permits good removal of cholesteatoma and direct ventilation of the upper unit, preventing the development of a retraction pocket or attic cholesteatoma(More)
CONCLUSIONS Our results confirm that supracricoid laryngectomies (SL) are reliable techniques for glottosupraglottic tumors, even for selected T3 and T4 cases, if the indications are correct. These surgical techniques allow a good quality of life with the preservation of the larynx. OBJECTIVE SL with cricohyoidoepiglottopexy (CHEP) and cricohyoidopexy(More)
The round window region is a critical area of the middle ear; the aim of this paper is to describe its anatomy from an endoscopic perspective, emphasizing some structures, the knowledge of which could have important implications during surgery, as well as to evaluate what involvement cholesteatoma may have with these structures. Retrospective review of(More)
The case of authoctonous isolated laryngeal leishmaniasis due to L. infantum in an italian immunocompetent host is reported. It is highlighed the need to consider mucosal leishmaniasis in the differential diagnosis of laryngeal tumors. Rapid nested-PCR technique and enzyme restriction analysis were useful for diagnosis and species identification directly(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this review was to assess and describe the pathological characteristics of intraparotid facial nerve schwannoma, in order to facilitate correct prognostic evaluation and appropriate therapeutic decision making. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING The literature was reviewed regarding involvement of the various portions of the facial nerve. A(More)
Patients affected by vestibular schwannomas typically report a number of symptoms and minor disabilities after surgery. Therefore, surgeons dealing with this pathology should also try to achieve a good QoL for patients who have undergone tumour removal. The aim of this study was to analyse QoL in subjects undergoing surgery for vestibular schwannomas and to(More)
Management of intraparotid facial nerve schwannomas (IFNS) is very challenging because the diagnosis is often made intra-operatively and in most cases, resection could lead to severe facial nerve (FN) paralysis, with important aesthetic consequences. Articles in the English language focused on the management of FN schwannoma have been selected and(More)
Juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma (JNA) is a rare, invasive, and locally destructive tumor of the nasopharynx. The Wnt pathway, angiogenetic and hormonal factors are involved in the pathophysiology of JNA; it can result in an extracolonic manifestation of familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or in a sporadic tumor. All patients who underwent resection of(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to examine the utility of using an endoscope in cholesteatoma surgery and to demonstrate how it allows a reduction in the incidence of residual disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty-two ears with acquired cholesteatoma (primary) were resected. Twenty cases were resected using a canal wall up (CWU) technique and six(More)