Markus Wolfensberger

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“Sniffin’ Sticks” is a test of nasal chemosensory performance that is based on penlike odor-dispensing devices. It is comprised of three tests of olfactory function: tests for odor threshold, discrimination and identification. Previous work has already established its test-retest reliability and validity in comparison to established measures of olfactory(More)
After destruction of the peripheral vestibular system which is not activated by moving large-field visual stimulation, not only labyrinthine-ocular reflexes but also optokinetic-ocular responses related to the “velocity storage” mechanism are abolished. In the normal monkey optokinetic-ocular responses are reflected in sustained activity changes of central(More)
The olfactory test battery "Sniffin'Sticks" comprises a perception threshold test, an odour discrimination test and an odour identification test. The purpose of this study was to examine the suitability of the Sniffin'Sticks for use in everyday practice and to obtain (at least provisional) normal values. Thirty normosmic and 15 anosmic volunteers were(More)
BACKGROUND Tonsillectomy is one of the most frequent as well as one of the most controversial operations performed in childhood. OBJECTIVE To assess the expectations of parents before tonsillectomy and to assess their satisfaction 1 year after surgery. STUDY DESIGN 664 children undergoing (adeno-)tonsillectomy were enrolled in a nation-wide prospective(More)
Olfactory dysfunction is a frequent nonmotor symptom in idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) and may be considered as an early clinical feature of the disease preceding motor symptoms by years. According to recent neuropathological staging concepts, impaired olfaction is assumed to indicate an early pathological process and might be associated with(More)
The facial nerve is often injured by trauma, infection or during the course of tumour resection. Many techniques of nerve anastomosis have been described with the current standard nerve repair using the microscope and monofilament suture. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the CO2 surgical laser as a tool for facial nerve anastomosis. Following(More)
BACKGROUND Currently, staging of head neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is on the basis of primary tumor extension (cT), lymph node involvement (cN) and distant metastasis (cM). The aim of cancer staging was to improve diagnosis, prognosis and to compare outcome results. A new subgroup of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) induced by human(More)
1. Single unit activity was recorded in the primate flocculus after the vestibular nerves were cut (bilateral vestibular neurectomy) during optokinetic nystagmus (OKN), smooth pursuit eye movements (SP) and whole field visual stimulation with gaze fixed on a stationary target light (OKN-suppression). Following vestibular neurectomy monkeys had no vestibular(More)
The superior branch of the vestibular nerve containing peripheral axons of primary afférents originating in the lateral and anterior semicircular canals was cut bilaterally in three monkeys (vestibular neurectomy). Vertical and horizontal components of eye position were monitored by electro-oculography (EOG) during different stimulus and behavioral(More)
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY To assess whether early stage (pT1-2,pN0-1) oral cavity carcinoma is adequately treated by radical surgical resection alone. MATERIAL AND METHODS Prospective multicenter study. Of 105 patients with cT1-2 cN0-1 oral carcinoma treated in conformity with the study design, 12 had to be excluded because of tumor-positive margins or pN(More)