Pasquale Marsella

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The authors present a report of 280 cases of unilateral sensorineural hearing loss (U.H.L.) in children, observed from 1979 to 1986 in the Bambino Gesu' Hospital in Rome. Only 23.2% of these hearing impairments were due to a known etiology (mainly mumps infection). In the majority of the cases (79.3%) the hearing loss was profound. The authors discuss the(More)
Since 2011, transcutaneous bone-anchored auditory implants have been an alternative to the classic percutaneous implant (Baha) for bilateral conductive/mixed hearing loss that cannot be corrected by surgery. Recently, a new transcutaneous device has been approved for clinical use. Its internal component is made of the classic titanium Baha fixture, coupled(More)
Ninety-three cases of infantile chronic recurrent parotitis are recorded. Fifty-three cases were treated with parasympathectomy which was carried out at 2 levels. Good results were achieved in 79.1% of patients. The paper describes the use of the Doppler examination to study the effects of operation on the physiology of the parotid.
The authors present a report of 38 cases of sudden deafness (SD), observed in the Bambino Gesù Hospital in Rome. Twenty-six cases were due to infective causes, such as mumps, meningitis, measles, varicella or to physical trauma. The other 12 cases were defined as idiopathic (ISD) on the basis of their anamnestic and clinical findings. The etiological,(More)
OBJECTIVES Treacher Collins syndrome, also known as mandibulofacial dysostosis, is an autosomal dominant disorder of the cranio-facial morphogenesis affecting 1 of 50,000 live newborns. Most children with this disease present with bilateral, severe conductive hearing loss due to bilateral aural atresia. Auditory rehabilitation of these children can be(More)
OBJECTIVES To obtain objective data of bone conduction implant stability and osseointegration in children; to compare in pediatric subjects the stability and osseointegration of the novel TiOblast-coated implant system (BI300) to the previous generation, as-machined model. STUDY DESIGN Multicenter, controlled, nonrandomized, longitudinal, prospective(More)
Non tuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) Infections mainly affect immunocompromised patients, appearing as disseminated or pulmonary disease. In immunocompetent children the most common form of infection with NTM is cervical adenitis. Ear infection seems to be a rare disease. We present a case of otomastoiditis caused by Mycobacterium avium in a 15 months old(More)
The “Bambino Gesù” Children’s Hospital offers the largest Italian cohort of children using a BAHA. This paper retrospectively reviews the center’s experience with pediatric BAHA from its start in 1995 to December 2009, especially focusing on most debated issues, all the way from candidate selection to functional outcome and complications. A total of 47(More)
Parapharyngeal neoplasias are rarely noticed in childhood, since they have their peak incidence between the 2nd and 4th decade of life. The authors report a case of a 4-year-old patient presenting with a retrostyloid mass, accompanied by nasal obstruction and some difficulty in swallowing at 12 months of age. CT scanning well ascertained the delimitation of(More)
Lateral sinus thrombosis (LST) is an uncommon, but life-threatening complication of both acute and chronic otitis media. There is some evidence that acquired or hereditary prothrombotic disorders are risk factors for LST. The aim of this work was to evaluate the role of thrombotic screening, anticoagulant therapy or prophylaxis in patients with either acute(More)