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CONCLUSIONS New technological developments will most probably improve the efficiency of auditory brainstem implantation (ABI). Meanwhile, cochlear implantation in patients who have undergone prior reductive surgery, and who have maintained a positive electric stimulation, is an excellent alternative for rehabilitating complete and bilateral hearing loss in(More)
OBJECT The object of this study was to evaluate the natural history, pattern, and occurrence of tumor growth and its consequences for treatment of small-sized vestibular schwannomas (VSs). METHODS From 1990 to 2005, 386 patients underwent conservative management for VS because of the following: age > 60 years, poor health/medical risks, risk of(More)
Management of patients with vestibular shwannomas has gradually improved with the development of stereotaxic radiotherapy, our better understanding of these tumours' natural history, and the increasing accent placed on quality of life. The aim of this study was two-fold:--to evaluate the natural history and tumor growth in a series of 386 patients(More)
OBJECTIVES To demonstrate the presence of mucosal biofilm in adenoid tissue using double staining for visualization of both the bacterial matrix and the bacterial cells. To identify bacterial species present on the surface of the studied adenoids. STUDY DESIGN Prospective study. METHODS A total of 39 specimens of adenoidectomy were removed from children(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to evaluate the learning curve for minimally invasive video-assisted thyroidectomy (MIVAT). METHODS Fifty consecutive patients were prospectively included in groups corresponding to their surgical order (10 patients in each group). RESULTS The mean operation times between 2 neighboring groups were 33.9 minutes(More)
Despite their impact on the healing of soft connective tissue, fibrin sealants have not been shown conclusively to have an important role in the healing of bone defects. We report the positive influence of fibrin sealants on repair of cancellous bone cavities filled with a porous, resorbable ceramic. We studied two fibrin sealants: Autocolle and Tissucol.(More)
OBJECTIVES To demonstrate mucosal biofilms in human tissue by direct visualization of bacteria and glycocalyx using confocal laser scanning microscopy with double fluorescent staining on tonsils and to compare the findings with the results of scanning electron microscopy analysis. DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING Tertiary university-based referral(More)
Mucormycosis is a life-threatening invasive fungal infection that arises particularly in diabetic patients with or without other underlying conditions such as haematological malignancies or the need for solid-organ transplantation. Rhino-orbito-cerebral involvement is the primary site of mucormycosis, but the paucity of signs may be a cause of delayed(More)
BACKGROUND Thyroid nodules are relatively common (7% of the population) but are malignant in only 5%-10% of cases. Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) to detect cancer can have > 90% sensitivity but only 50%-65% specificity because of false-positive results, which necessitates surgical controls. We aimed to assess the diagnostic accuracy of immunocytochemistry(More)
Surgery for cholesterol granulomas involving the petrous apex has traditionally been performed via a lateral skull base approach. We present a case-series of four cholesterol granulomas treated through the endoscopic-transsphenoid approach over the last 10 years. Drainage was successful and symptomatic improvement was obtained in all cases (follow-up 6(More)