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PURPOSE The transduction mechanism of the inner ear and the transmission of nerve impulses along the auditory way are highly dependent upon the cochlear oxygen supply. Several studies have considered the possibility that obstructive sleep apnea-hypopneas during sleep can interfere with these processes, and the results are not uniform. The aim of the study(More)
Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a complex chronic clinical syndrome, characterized by snoring, periodic apnea, hypoxemia during sleep, and daytime hypersomnolence. It affects 4-5% of the general population. Racial studies and chromosomal mapping, familial studies and twin studies have provided evidence for the possible link between the OSAS and(More)
Aim of the study was to investigate, in a randomized prospective trial, air-conducted vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (AC-VEMPs) and bone-conducted vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (BC-VEMPs) before and after successful stapedotomy. Enrolled in the study were 41 consecutive patients (32 female, 9 male; mean age 36 years) (42 ears) with(More)
Nasal polyps (NP) are common benign degeneration of nasal sinus mucosa with a prevalence around 4% in the adult population. The causes are still uncertain but there is a strong association with allergy, infection, asthma and aspirin sensitivity. Histologically, the presence of a large quantity of extracellular fluid, mast cell degranulation and eosinophilia(More)
BACKGROUND Nasal obstruction is one of the most frequent symptoms in the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) setting. It can be evaluated either subjectively or objectively. In a subjective way, a visual analog scale (VAS) and the Sino-Nasal Outcome Test 20 (SNOT 20) can rapidly quantify the degree of obstruction, whereas the most commonly used objective methods(More)
Pegylated-interferon (peg-IFN) and ribavirin combination therapy for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is well known to be associated with significant adverse effects. Several studies have investigated a possible auditory pathway involvement during IFN therapy, but a method to monitor the potential auditory involvement during treatment has(More)
OBJECTIVES We recorded and compared the vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs) before use of an endolymphatic mastoid shunt (EMS) and 1, 12, and 48 months after placement of the shunt. METHODS Air-conducted VEMPs were recorded in 28 patients affected by intractable Meniere's disease and treated with placement of an EMS. RESULTS One month and 12(More)
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