Rami Jean Salib

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Non-allergic rhinitis may be a contributing factor in up to 60% of rhinitis patients and a sole contributor in a quarter. It is a highly heterogeneous condition with poorly understood pathophysiological mechanisms. Compelling evidence is emerging of a localized nasal mucosal allergic response in some non-allergic rhinitic subjects in the absence of systemic(More)
The traditional viewpoint that inflammation, owing to a genetic T-helper type 2 (Th2)-directed imbalance, is the cause of allergic rhinitis has meant that the potential coexistence of other genetic defects and the relevance of any airway remodelling changes to disease pathogenesis and persistence have received scant attention, and as such remain(More)
Despite aggressive antibiotic therapy, bronchopulmonary colonization by Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes persistent morbidity and mortality in cystic fibrosis (CF). Chronic P. aeruginosa infection in the CF lung is associated with structured, antibiotic-tolerant bacterial aggregates known as biofilms. We have demonstrated the effects of non-bactericidal,(More)
OBJECTIVE We report a case of infection against a background of pre-existing cranial fasciitis. METHOD Case report and review of world literature on cranial fasciitis. RESULTS Cranial fasciitis of childhood is a benign condition and a rare variant of nodular fasciitis. We present the case of a 10-week-old infant with symptoms and signs consistent with a(More)
TGF-beta is a multi-functional cytokine with a huge array of effects on a variety of cell types. It is rapidly emerging as a key major player in the way the airway epithelium behaves and its ability to repair itself. This is not only of relevance to allergic airway diseases such as asthma and allergic rhinitis, which are increasing in prevalence worldwide,(More)
Traumatic fracture of the stapes occurs rarely following head injury. Ossicular dislocation is more commonly encountered. When present, stapes fractures are usually associated with an underlying temporal bone fracture. A higher incidence has been reported in childhood, possibly because of the greater flexibility of the skull in this age group. This report(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the efficacy and tolerability of two commonly used nasal douching products, low-volume high-pressure Sterimar™ and high-volume low-pressure Sinus Rinse™ following functional endoscopic sinus surgery. DESIGN Prospective randomised single-blinded study. SETTING Tertiary referral centre. PARTICIPANTS Thirty-one patients, undergoing(More)
BACKGROUND The epithelial accumulation of mast cells is a feature of allergic rhinitis and this has been linked to the expression of the known mast cell chemoattractant transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) at this site. Little is known concerning the regulation of TGF-beta gene expression or protein release by nasal epithelial cells. To address this(More)
Facial nerve haemangioma is a rare benign neoplasm accounting for 0.7 per cent of all tumours involving the temporal bone. The diagnosis of a facial nerve tumour is often missed or delayed. Early diagnosis is imperative as it influences the eventual outcome for facial nerve function. Prognosis is related to the size of the tumour, the severity and the(More)