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Gold-plated tympanostomy tubes have been recently marketed as possessing qualities making them ideal for middle-ear ventilation. The performance of these tubes was compared with that of similarly designed Teflon tubes in a controlled, prospective study. Twenty-eight children underwent bilateral myringotomy and tube placement. One ear was randomly chosen for(More)
While tonsillectomy is usually a safe operation, it is always accompanied by the risk of immediate postoperative bleeding. Despite continued efforts to eliminate this problem, it remains a persistent risk. In reviewing 775 consecutive cases of tonsillectomy, immediate postoperative bleeding occurred in 21 (2.7%). Diagnostic, demographic, hematologic,(More)
BACKGROUND A multicenter study (BREATHE I - Entellus Medical, Inc.) was performed to assess the safety and outcomes of a new, less invasive system that uses direct endoscopic visualization to facilitate balloon dilation of the maxillary sinus ostia and ethmoid infundibulum. General anesthesia was avoided in most subjects to assess feasibility of performing(More)
Chronic rhinosinusitis often fails to respond to standard medical or surgical treatment. In some of these cases, the underlying disease may be a chronic granulomatous process that requires aggressive topical, local, and in some instances, systemic therapy. Diseases that can present in this manner include autoimmune vasculitis, sarcoidosis, indolent(More)
OBJECTIVES We sought to determine the efficacy of MeroGel, an absorbable hyaluronic acid nasal dressing (HA) in reducing synechia after functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) compared with Merocel, a nonabsorbable packing (NAP) requiring removal. METHODS We conducted a blinded, randomized, controlled trial of 37 patients requiring bilateral FESS for(More)
Although empiric antibiotic therapy is often used for sinusitis, the emergence of antibiotic resistance has increased the failure rate of this approach. Culture-directed therapy usually increases treatment success, but traditional antral puncture is often accompanied by poor patient and physician acceptance. Endoscopically directed middle meatal aspiration(More)
Nasal and sinus diseases are considered uncommon manifestations of sarcoidosis. We evaluated 159 consecutive patients with sarcoidosis for nasal symptoms. Sixty-three patients (39%) denied any nasal symptoms. Thirty-six patients (23%) had intermittent symptoms that lasted less than three weeks and required continuous intervention with nasal steroids or(More)
Sarcoidosis rarely affects the head and neck and represents a diagnostic challenge to the otolaryngologist. The signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis in this area are not specific and can mimic much more common disorders. Biopsy is usually necessary to make the diagnosis. Appropriate evaluations and referrals should be made once there is suspicion of(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple prospective and retrospective studies have reported results from balloon-only procedures and hybrid balloon sinus surgeries through intermediate follow-up periods of up to 1 year. Long-term durability results beyond 2 years are limited. METHODS One-year results from the original study of standalone transantral balloon dilation in(More)
BACKGROUND To report outcomes for subjects undergoing balloon dilation in either the operating room (OR) or the clinic and define criteria to identify suitable candidates for local anesthesia procedures. METHODS Subjects with medically refractory chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) underwent de novo surgery via transantral balloon dilation of the maxillary sinus(More)