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The Inner Ear as a Sensory Organ That Can Even Detect the Internal Signals
Call for Papers
Depending on its peripheral location and its blood supply by a vascularisation of terminal type, the inner ear is particularly prone to a series of alterations that can involve other organs or systems.
Moreover, a more or less transient labyrinthine sufferance that underlies symptoms as tinnitus, vertigo, aural fullness, or sudden hearing loss may represent a very initial warning of malfunctioning conditions that could otherwise be neglected. Among these, vascular pathologies, autoimmune diseases, autonomic disorders, neoplastic disease, renal disease, metabolic disorders, and neurological diseases can be enumerated. As a matter of fact, the enhanced prevalence of tinnitus has been demonstrated in cases of severe heart failure and in a population with drastic antihypertensive therapies.
The aim of this special issue is to outline the strict dependence of the inner ear, that is often considered as a separate entity without apparent connections, from the general conditions of the organism especially involving hemodynamic and/or metabolic changes. From the point of view of the otologist, the understanding of a trigger of internal origin could help explain and treat many cases labelled as idiopathic that remain substantially untreated; from the point of view of other specialists, the particularly high sensitivity of the inner ear, that despite the low volume of its blood supply is a very complicated and high-energy-requiring sensory organ, can represent a help to an earlier detection of a number of pathological manifestations.
A multidisciplinary contribution to this topic could represent an interesting matter of discussion and a possibility to reach innovative conclusions on the approach to the inner ear disorders of nonspecific origin.
Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/otolaryngology/tie/ according to the following timetable:
|Manuscript Due||Friday, 28 February 2014|
|First Round of Reviews||Friday, 23 May 2014|
|Publication Date||Friday, 18 July 2014|
Lead Guest Editor
- Antonio Pirodda, University of Bologna Italy, Bologna, Italy