Case Reports in Otolaryngology http://www.hindawi.com The latest articles from Hindawi Publishing Corporation © 2016 , Hindawi Publishing Corporation . All rights reserved. Ectomesenchymal Chondromyxoid Tumour of the Dorsal Tongue Presenting with Impaired Speech Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:38:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/7342910/ Ectomesenchymal chondromyxoid tumours (ECTs) are rare mesenchymal soft tissue neoplasms that typically present as a slow-growing asymptomatic mass on the anterior dorsum of the tongue. Our patient presented with impaired speech articulation and pain associated with upper respiratory tract infections when the lesion on his dorsal tongue would swell, and he would accidentally bite down on it. Microscopically, ECTs appear as unencapsulated, well-circumscribed proliferations of uniform round to fusiform cells embedded within chondromyxoid matrices. Most cases of ECT have been detected in the third to the sixth decades of life, with no sex preference. ECT may cause a range of symptoms that negatively impact patients’ quality of life, including pain, dysphagia, odynophagia, bleeding, and, in the case of our patient, impairment of speech. We provide a unique preoperative clinical photograph and case description that should help readers in recognizing this neoplasm. Considering the rarity of ECT presenting clinically as well as in the literature, we believe this report will add to our growing understanding of ECT and its management. We report a case of ECT presenting on the anterior dorsal tongue that was successfully surgically resected under local anesthesia with clear margins, accompanied by a review of the pertinent literature. Laura A. Schep, Martin J. Bullock, and S. Mark Taylor Copyright © 2016 Laura A. Schep et al. All rights reserved. An Unusual Presentation of B-Cell Lymphoma as a Large Isolated Epiglottic Mass: Case Report and Literature Review Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:29:06 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/9787432/ Extranodal presentation of B-cell lymphoma is uncommon. Isolated primary epiglottic B-cell lymphoma is even rarer. To our knowledge, there has been only one description of isolated B-cell lymphoma presenting as a large epiglottic mass. We report an unusual type of B-cell lymphoma of the epiglottis, as it could not be subtyped based on routine staining and hybridization. The lymphoma presented as a large isolated globular mass pedicled to the epiglottis, occupying most of the oropharynx, but did not have any ball-valving effect or increased respiratory efforts. Initial radiographic findings were nonspecific. The diagnosis of B-cell lymphoma was determined by transoral incisional biopsy under local anesthesia. The condition was treated successfully with chemoradiation. The current standard of treatment for high grade B-cell lymphoma is concurrent chemoradiotherapy, with excellent prognosis. Although rare, B-cell lymphoma should be considered when investigating pedunculated hypopharyngeal masses. Changxing Liu, Sean Delaney, and Tamara N. Brown Copyright © 2016 Changxing Liu et al. All rights reserved. Horner’s Syndrome Incidental to Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma Excision: Case Report and Brief Literature Review Thu, 21 Apr 2016 12:48:08 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/7348175/ Horner’s syndrome is characterized by a combination of ipsilateral miosis, blepharoptosis, enophthalmos, facial anhidrosis, and iris heterochromia in existence of congenital lesions. The syndrome results from a disruption of the ipsilateral sympathetic innervation of the eye and ocular adnexa at different levels. Though rare, thyroid and neck surgery could be considered as possible causes of this clinical entity. We present a case of Horner’s syndrome in a patient after total thyroidectomy and neck dissection for medullary thyroid cancer with neck nodal disease and attempt a brief review of the relevant literature. Nicholas S. Mastronikolis, Sofia P. Spiliopoulou, Vassiliki Zolota, and Theodoros A. Papadas Copyright © 2016 Nicholas S. Mastronikolis et al. All rights reserved. Osseointegrated Implants: An Alternative Approach in Patients with Bilateral Auricular Defects due to Chemical Assault Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:03:30 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/7371645/ Acid attacks committed as crimes of passion are unfortunately becoming far from infrequent occurrence. The injuries sustained in such attacks mainly involve the face and trunk, with the acid causing cutaneous and subcutaneous tissue burns that can result in permanent scarring, loss of the nose or external ear, and severe visual impairment. Different surgical solutions have been proposed for reconstruction of the auricle following loss of the ear through traumatic injury or cancer or in patients with congenital defects: surgical reconstruction may involve the insertion of an autogenous rib cartilage framework or the use of a porous polymer material inserted into an expanded postauricular flap. Reconstruction with rib cartilage has given good results but requires more than one surgical step and may be associated with adverse events involving both the donor site and the recipient site, while rejections of polymeric prostheses have been reported following their insertion into expanded postauricular flaps. The use of a titanium dowel-retained silicone prosthesis, in which the dowel is anchored to the temporal bone, is a surgical possibility, indicated particularly in cases of pinna resection due to tumour or auricular scarring following traumatic injury. Emilio Mevio, Mauro Mullace, Luca Facca, and Stefano Schettini Copyright © 2016 Emilio Mevio et al. All rights reserved. Congenital Temporomandibular Joint Ankylosis: Case Report and Literature Review Wed, 13 Apr 2016 13:58:40 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/5802359/ Congenital temporomandibular joint (TMJ) ankylosis is an uncommon condition that presents itself at or soon after birth in the absence of acquired factors that could have contributed to the ankylosis such as infection and trauma. The experience of managing one such case is reported in light of a review of the literature on this condition. Key management principles include adequate removal of the ankylotic mass, costochondral grafting, and post-op physiotherapy. Most patients reported in the literature with the condition experienced relapse. This echoes our own experience where there was recurrence of the ankylosis. However, after removal of the ankylotic mass, the patient maintains a satisfactory maximal incisal opening (MIO) till the present day. The additional challenges faced in the congenital form in addition to the already complex management of acquired paediatric temporomandibular joint ankylosis are (1) much earlier insult to the TMJ, (2) reduced opportunity for neuromuscular development of the muscles of mastication, and (3) reduced compliance with postoperative physiotherapy programmes due to the younger age of these patients. Ryan Chin Taw Cheong, Karim Kassam, Simon Eccles, and Robert Hensher Copyright © 2016 Ryan Chin Taw Cheong et al. All rights reserved. Revision Stapedectomy in a Female Patient with Inner Ear Malformation Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:13:53 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/8520703/ Objectives. We describe an unusual case of surgical management of congenital mixed hearing loss in a female patient with inner ear malformation. This report outlines the role of temporal bone imaging and previous surgical history in evaluating a patient’s risk of perilymph gusher during stapes surgery. Methods. A 68-year-old female patient with a history of profound bilateral mixed hearing loss due to ossicular and cochlear malformation presented to our otology clinic. She had undergone multiple unsuccessful previous ear surgeries. Computed tomography revealed bilateral inner ear malformations. She elected to proceed with revision stapedectomy. Results. The patient received modest benefit to hearing, and no operative complications occurred. Conclusions. Although stapedectomy has been shown to improve hearing in patients with stapes fixation, there is risk of perilymph gusher in patients with inner ear abnormalities. Evaluation and counseling of the risk of gusher during stapes surgery should be done on a case-by-case basis. Tirth R. Patel and Aaron C. Moberly Copyright © 2016 Tirth R. Patel and Aaron C. Moberly. All rights reserved. Laryngeal Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis Presenting with Neck Mass in an Adult Woman Tue, 05 Apr 2016 09:52:16 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/2175856/ Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a very rare condition that commonly affects the head and neck region. There are very few cases of isolated laryngeal involvement by LCH, mostly reported in pediatric patients. Here, we report a case of laryngeal LCH in a 62-year-old woman presenting with a neck mass several weeks ago. The clinical and histopathological findings are reported with a brief discussion about the disease. Hesam Jahandideh, Yasser Nasoori, Sara Rostami, and Mahdi Safdarian Copyright © 2016 Hesam Jahandideh et al. All rights reserved. Thyroglossal Duct Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma and Synchronous Lingual Thyroid Atypia Mon, 28 Mar 2016 16:24:12 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/3975924/ Thyroglossal duct and lingual thyroid ectopic lesions are exceedingly rare synchronous findings. Papillary thyroid carcinoma of these ectopic thyroid sites is well understood but still a rare finding. This case points to some management nuances in regard to ectopic thyroid screening with imaging and also shows the effectiveness of minimally invasive transoral robotic surgery for lingual thyroid. Timothy Yoo, Yohanan Kim, Alfred Simental, and Jared C. Inman Copyright © 2016 Timothy Yoo et al. All rights reserved. Volumes of Velopharyngeal and Glossopharyngeal Airway Were Not Changed after Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty: Report of Three Cases Thu, 24 Mar 2016 09:30:01 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/9378428/ Objective. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in velopharyngeal and glossopharyngeal airway morphology and volume after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty in three adult obstructive sleep apnea syndrome patients who had bilateral large tonsils using three-dimensional computed tomography. Case Report. All three patients (one male and two females) who presented with a history of heavy snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness were examined with overnight nocturnal polysomnography, which indicated moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Because all patients had large tonsils, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty was expected to enlarge the pharyngeal airway. Polysomnography and three-dimensional computed tomography scanning were performed and compared, both before and 3 months after uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Results. Unexpectedly, although the morphology of the glossopharyngeal airway clearly changed after UPPP, the volume changes in the velopharyngeal and glossopharyngeal airways were negligible. Yoichi Nishimura, Naoko Fujii, Takahisa Yamamoto, Mahmood A. Hamed, Misato Nishimura, Takuro Kojima, Noboru Iwata, Kenji Suzuki, and Seiichi Nakata Copyright © 2016 Yoichi Nishimura et al. All rights reserved. Noninvasive Free Flap Monitoring Using Eulerian Video Magnification Tue, 22 Mar 2016 16:02:34 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/9471696/ Eulerian Video Magnification (EVM) can enhance subtle changes in videos to reveal what was once invisible to the naked eye. In this proof of concept study, we investigated using EVM as a novel form of free flap monitoring. Free flaps with skin paddles were filmed in the operating room with manipulation of their pedicles. In a representative 77-year-old female who received a latissimus dorsi-serratus-rib composite free flap, EVM was able to detect blockage of arterial or venous supply instantaneously, providing a visible representation through degree of color change in videos. EVM has the potential to serve as a powerful free flap monitoring tool with the benefit of being noninvasive, sensitive, easy-to-use, and nearly cost-free. Yuan Fang Liu, Christopher Vuong, Paul Charles Walker, Nathaniel Ray Peterson, Jared Christian Inman, Pedro Alcantara Andrade Filho, and Steve Choon-Sung Lee Copyright © 2016 Yuan Fang Liu et al. All rights reserved. Cardiovocal Syndrome Secondary to an Aortic Aneurysm Sun, 20 Mar 2016 09:54:35 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/9867942/ We reported that a 68-year-old man presented to the ENT outpatient department complaining of hoarseness for more than 10 months. Clinical exam identified left vocal palsy in the paramedian position and atrophic vocal folds were noted. Chest radiography revealed a large bulging contour overlying aorta and left hilar shadow. Aortic aneurysm was proved by CT scanning. Contrast-enhanced chest computed tomography for further evaluation showed a broad-based aortic aneurysm at proximal descending aorta, projecting anterolaterally. Cardiovocal syndrome was proved. The syndrome is a rare clinical presentation. While a patient with unilateral vocal palsy is encountered, one might keep in mind the possibility of cardiovocal syndrome especially in an adult who had a cardiovascular disease. Hsing-Won Wang, Mei-Chien Chen, Pin-Zhir Chao, and Fei-Peng Lee Copyright © 2016 Hsing-Won Wang et al. All rights reserved. Growth Rate Analysis of an Untreated Glomus Vagale on MRI Thu, 17 Mar 2016 07:12:29 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/8756940/ Paragangliomas are slow growing, hypervascular neuroendocrine tumors that develop in the extra-adrenal paraganglion tissues. Paraganglioma involving the vagus nerve ganglia is termed glomus vagale. The slow growth of head and neck paragangliomas especially in the absence of symptom may obviate the necessity for any active intervention, in which case, a “wait and scan” policy is implemented involving long-term clinical and radiologic follow-ups. We present a case of a 71-year-old female with an untreated left glomus vagale who underwent a conservative “wait and rescan” plan of management and the tumor was observed with 8 serial MRI scans over a period of 7.4 years. A growth rate analysis was conducted which demonstrated a slow growth. A literature review of radiologic studies examining the natural history of head and neck paragangliomas was also performed. Jeffrey Tzu-Yu Wang, Allen Yu-Yu Wang, Sheila Cheng, Lavier Gomes, and Melville Da Cruz Copyright © 2016 Jeffrey Tzu-Yu Wang et al. All rights reserved. Papillary Thyroid Cancer in a Child with Progressive Transformation of Germinal Centers Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:08:42 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/6469073/ Objectives. To describe the presentation and management of a child with Progressive Transformation of Germinal Centers (PTGC), an uncommon condition characterized by significant persistent lymphadenopathy, who developed papillary thyroid carcinoma and to explore and review potential links between PTGC and neoplastic processes in the head and neck. Methods. Case presentation and literature review are used. Results. A 10-year-old female presented with a right parotid mass and cervical lymphadenopathy. Multiple biopsies revealed PTGC without malignancy. Two years later, she developed fatigue and weight gain, and a thyroid nodule was found. Fine needle aspiration was strongly suggestive of papillary thyroid carcinoma. The patient underwent total thyroidectomy and central neck dissection without surgical management of the longstanding right lateral neck lymphadenopathy. Final pathology confirmed papillary thyroid carcinoma. She was treated with radioactive iodine therapy postoperatively and remains free of disease at three years of follow-up. Conclusions. PTGC is considered a benign condition but has previously been associated with Nodular Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin Lymphoma (NLPHL). This is the first reported case of papillary thyroid cancer in a child with preexisting cervical PTGC and no defined risk factors for thyroid malignancy. No link has been established with thyroid carcinoma, but patients with PTGC may have a defect in immune surveillance that predisposes them to malignancy. Suresh Mohan, Bradley DeNardo, Dariusz Stachurski, Jennifer Greene Welch, and Jan C. Groblewski Copyright © 2016 Suresh Mohan et al. All rights reserved. Voluminous Myoepithelioma of the Minor Salivary Glands Involving the Base of the Tongue Sun, 13 Mar 2016 07:23:47 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/3785979/ Myoepithelioma is an extremely rare tumour subtype and diagnosis is based on a wide variation of cellular morphology. FNAC specimens do not always suffice for a definitive differential diagnosis which depends on histology and immunohistochemistry of the lesion. Case Presentation. A 54-year-old female came to our attention with dysphagia and dyslalia of 6-month standing. Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) examination revealed a voluminous mass on the right portion of the base of her tongue, where postcontrast T2-weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) evidenced a hyperintense lesion. The fine-needle aspiration specimen taken for cytology was not diagnostic, as a differential diagnosis between myoepithelioma and a malignant neoplasm of the salivary glands necessitates parameters that cytology alone cannot provide. Therefore, the whole lesion was excised by diode laser through a transoral approach. Histology and immunohistochemistry of the completely excised lesion confirmed a myoepithelioma. Mario Policarpo, Valentina Longoni, Pietro Garofalo, Paolo Spina, and Francesco Pia Copyright © 2016 Mario Policarpo et al. All rights reserved. Surgical Approaches to First Branchial Cleft Anomaly Excision: A Case Series Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:05:41 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/3902974/ Objectives. First branchial cleft anomalies (BCAs) constitute a rare entity with variable clinical presentations and anatomic findings. Given the high rate of recurrence with incomplete excision, identification of the entire tract during surgical treatment is of paramount importance. The objectives of this paper were to present five anatomic variations of first BCAs and describe the presentation, evaluation, and surgical approach to each one. Methods. A retrospective case review and literature review were performed. We describe patient characteristics, presentation, evaluation, and surgical approach of five patients with first BCAs. Results. Age at definitive surgical treatment ranged from 8 months to 7 years. Various clinical presentations were encountered, some of which were atypical for first BCAs. All had preoperative imaging demonstrating the tract. Four surgical approaches required a superficial parotidectomy with identification of the facial nerve, one of which revealed an aberrant facial nerve. In one case the tract was found to travel into the angle of the mandible, terminating as a mandibular cyst. This required en bloc excision that included the lateral cortex of the mandible. Conclusions. First BCAs have variable presentations. Complete surgical excision can be challenging. Therefore, careful preoperative planning and the recognition of atypical variants during surgery are essential. Lourdes Quintanilla-Dieck, Frank Virgin, Chistopher Wootten, Steven Goudy, and Edward Penn Jr. Copyright © 2016 Lourdes Quintanilla-Dieck et al. All rights reserved. Hyperprolactinemia Secondary to Allergic Fungal Sinusitis Compressing the Pituitary Gland Sun, 21 Feb 2016 06:50:33 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/7260707/ Objective. We aim to describe the first case in the literature of allergic fungal sinusitis (AFS) presenting with hyperprolactinemia due to compression of the pituitary gland. Case Presentation. A 37-year-old female presented with bilateral galactorrhea and occipital headaches of several weeks. Workup revealed elevated prolactin of 94.4, negative pregnancy test, and normal thyroid function. MRI and CT demonstrated a 5.0 × 2.7 × 2.5 cm heterogeneous expansile mass in the right sphenoid sinus with no pituitary adenoma as originally suspected. Patient was placed on cabergoline for symptomatic control until definitive treatment. Results. The patient underwent right endoscopic sphenoidotomy, which revealed nasal polyps and fungal debris in the sphenoid sinus, consistent with AFS. There was bony erosion of the sella and clivus. Pathology and microbiology were consistent with allergic fungal sinusitis caused by Curvularia species. Prolactin levels normalized four weeks after surgery with resolution of symptoms. Conclusion. Functional endoscopic sinus surgery alone was able to reverse the patient’s pituitary dysfunction. To our knowledge, this is the first case of AFS presenting as hyperprolactinemia due to pituitary compression. Nikita Chapurin, Cynthia Wang, David M. Steinberg, and David W. Jang Copyright © 2016 Nikita Chapurin et al. All rights reserved. The Clinical Understaging of Recurrent Glottic Carcinoma after Radiation Failure Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:34:37 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/2706463/ Background. Recurrent glottic squamous cell carcinomas following radiation therapy for early staged tumors are oftentime early staged tumors. Management of these early stage recurrences presents a dilemma for the head and neck surgeon. Difficulties in appropriate tumor mapping, preoperative analysis, and poor understanding of the virulent pathologic nature of the recurrence may impede surgical decision-making. Methods. This is a single surgeon case report, presenting a patient with rapid recurrence following salvage transoral resection for an early stage recurrence, necessitating a total laryngectomy. Results. A review of the literature was performed, identifying studies that expound on the pathologic behavior of radiation recurrent disease. Conclusions. Radiation recurrent glottic squamous cell carcinoma has a distinct pathologic behavior and aggressive nature. Disease virulence, coupled with difficulty in appropriate staging and preoperative tumor mapping, should guide the surgeon when deciding the surgical management in the salvage setting. Moustafa Mourad, Sami P. Moubayed, Ilya Likhterov, and Mark Urken Copyright © 2016 Moustafa Mourad et al. All rights reserved. Iliopsoas Abscess Possibly due to Klebsiella pneumoniae Infection after Chemoradiotherapy for Hypopharyngeal Cancer Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:08:55 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/1343106/ Iliopsoas abscess was once an uncommon condition but now occurs somewhat more frequently due to the increasing number of immunocompromised patients, such as those with diabetes. We encountered a case of iliopsoas abscess following chemoradiotherapy for hypopharyngeal cancer. A 60-year-old man was admitted for a sore throat and left neck swelling. Hypopharyngeal cancer was diagnosed, but the patient refused surgery. After two rounds of chemotherapy, febrile neutropenia developed and chest computed tomography (CT) revealed an iliopsoas abscess. The platelet count was low but recovered after administration of antibiotics and could not be explained by puncture of the abscess. CT-guided drainage eventually improved his symptoms. Even for disorders of the head and neck region, iliopsoas abscess should be suspected in immunocompromised patients who develop a fever. CT and magnetic resonance imaging should be performed at an early stage as it is important to determine whether surgical drainage is indicated. Yukiyoshi Hyo, Tomoya Fujisaki, Rui Hyo, Hiroki Tanaka, and Tamotsu Harada Copyright © 2016 Yukiyoshi Hyo et al. All rights reserved. Unilateral Cervical Polyneuropathies following Concurrent Bortezomib, Cetuximab, and Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:50:02 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/2313714/ We report a constellation of cervical polyneuropathies in a patient treated with concurrent bortezomib, cetuximab, and cisplatin alongside intensity modulated radiotherapy for carcinoma of the tonsil with neck metastasis. The described deficits include brachial plexopathy, cervical sensory neuropathy, and oculosympathetic, recurrent laryngeal, and phrenic nerve palsies within the ipsilateral radiation field. Radiation neuropathy involving the brachial plexus is typically associated with treatment of breast or lung cancer; however, increased awareness of this entity in the context of investigational agents with potential neuropathic effects in head and neck cancer has recently emerged. With this report, we highlight radiation neuropathy in the setting of investigational therapy for head and neck cancer, particularly since these sequelae may present years after therapy and entail significant and often irreversible morbidity. Alhasan Elghouche, Tom Shokri, Yewen Qin, Susannah Wargo, Deborah Citrin, and Carter Van Waes Copyright © 2016 US Government Work. All rights reserved. Severe Hyperacusis, Photophobia, and Skin Hypersensitivity Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:14:42 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/2570107/ We report a case of a patient with severe hyperacusis, photophobia, and skin hypersensitivity. The patient was initially treated with sound therapy and medical therapy for 4 months and successfully with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and cognitive behavioral therapy which improved her mood and the tolerance for sounds and light. Alessandra Barbara Fioretti, Theodoros Varakliotis, Otello Poli, Manuela Cantagallo, and Alberto Eibenstein Copyright © 2016 Alessandra Barbara Fioretti et al. All rights reserved. Primary Aspergillosis of the Larynx Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:14:05 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/1234196/ Laryngeal aspergillosis is most commonly seen as a result of secondary invasion from the lungs and tracheobronchial tree in immunocompromised hosts. Primary aspergillosis of the larynx is, however, rare with few cases documented over the past fifty years. We report a case of a 73-year-old woman who presented with persistent hoarseness. She is a nonsmoker with a history of asthma and chronic bronchiectasis treated with bronchodilators, inhaled and oral corticosteroids, and nebulized tobramycin. Direct laryngoscopy with vocal cord stripping confirmed the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis with no manifestations elsewhere. The patient was successfully treated with oral voriconazole with no signs of recurrence. Although several major risk factors contributing to the development of primary aspergillosis of the larynx have been discussed in the literature, there has been no mention of inhaled antibiotics causing this rare presentation to the best of our knowledge. We, therefore, highlight the use of inhaled tobramycin as a unique catalyst leading to the rapid onset of this rare presentation. Richard H. Law and Samuel A. Reyes Copyright © 2016 Richard H. Law and Samuel A. Reyes. All rights reserved. Postobstructive Pulmonary Edema following Tonsillectomy/Adenoidectomy in a 2-Year-Old with Poland-Moebius Syndrome Thu, 28 Jan 2016 08:24:36 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/5431809/ A 2-year-old male with Poland-Moebius syndrome was transferred from a local hospital to the Pediatric ICU at Children’s Hospital of Georgia for suspected postobstructive pulmonary edema (POPE) after tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy (T&A). The patient’s respiratory status ultimately declined and he developed respiratory failure. Imaging suggested pulmonary edema as well as a left-sided pneumonia. Echocardiogram showed pulmonary hypertension and airway exam via direct fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed tracheomalacia and bronchomalacia. He developed acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and remained intubated for ten days. This case highlights the association between congenital upper body abnormalities with cranial nerve dysfunction and the development of POPE with delayed resolution of symptoms. Patients with upper body abnormalities as above are at great risk of postoperative complications and should therefore be managed in a tertiary-care facility. Tanisha Powell, Nirupma Sharma, and Kathleen T. McKie Copyright © 2016 Tanisha Powell et al. All rights reserved. Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss after Orthopedic Surgery under Combined Spinal and Epidural Anesthesia Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:45:38 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/4295601/ Postoperative hearing loss following nonotologic surgery is rare. For patients undergoing subarachnoid anesthesia, the loss of cerebral spinal fluid and hence the drop in intracranial pressure can result in hearing loss and cranial nerve palsy. We report a case in which a patient sustained orthopedic surgery under combined spinal and epidural anesthesia complicated by severe and persistent sensorineural hearing loss. This report is a reminder that postoperative sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a poorly understood complication. A high index of suspicion is required for early diagnosis of this complication, although prompt treatment does not guarantee a good outcome. Ditza Vilhena, Luís Pereira, Delfim Duarte, and Nuno Oliveira Copyright © 2016 Ditza Vilhena et al. All rights reserved. Facial Nerve Schwannoma of Parotid Gland: Difficulties in Diagnosis and Management Wed, 20 Jan 2016 16:09:36 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/3939685/ Facial nerve schwannomas (FNS) are encapsulated benign tumors arising from Schwann cells of seventh cranial nerve. Most of the facial nerve schwannomas are localized in intratemporal region; only 9% of cases involve a portion of the extratemporal segment. Preoperative diagnosis is often unclear; diagnosis is often made intraoperatively. Management of intraparotid FNS is troublesome because of the facial nerve paralysis. In this report we presented a case of intraparotid schwannoma in a 55-year-old male patient complaining of a painless mass without peripheral facial nerve palsy in left parotid gland. Clinical features, preoperative and intraoperative diagnosis, and difficulties during management are discussed with the review of the literature. Murat Damar, Aykut Erdem Dinç, Sultan Şevik Eliçora, Sultan Bişkin, Gül Erten, and Serdar Biz Copyright © 2016 Murat Damar et al. All rights reserved. Two Cases of Heerfordt’s Syndrome: A Rare Manifestation of Sarcoidosis Sun, 17 Jan 2016 16:16:39 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/3642735/ Heerfordt’s syndrome is a rare manifestation of sarcoidosis characterized by the presence of facial nerve palsy, parotid gland enlargement, anterior uveitis, and low grade fever. Two cases of Heerfordt’s syndrome and a literature review are presented. Case  1. A 53-year-old man presented with swelling of his right eyelid, right facial nerve palsy, and swelling of his right parotid gland. A biopsy specimen from the swollen eyelid indicated sarcoidosis and he was diagnosed with incomplete Heerfordt’s syndrome based on the absence of uveitis. His symptoms were improved by corticosteroid therapy. Case  2. A 55-year-old woman presented with left facial nerve palsy, bilateral hearing loss, and swelling of her bilateral parotid glands. She had been previously diagnosed with uveitis and bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy. Although no histological confirmation was performed, she was diagnosed with complete Heerfordt’s syndrome on the basis of her clinical symptoms. Swelling of the bilateral parotid glands and left facial nerve palsy were improved immediately by corticosteroid therapy. Sarcoidosis is a relatively uncommon disease for the otolaryngologist. However, the otolaryngologist may encounter Heerfordt’s syndrome as this syndrome presents with facial nerve palsy and swelling of the parotid gland. Therefore, we otolaryngologists should diagnose and treat Heerfordt’s syndrome appropriately in cooperation with pneumologists and ophthalmologists. Keishi Fujiwara, Yasushi Furuta, and Satoshi Fukuda Copyright © 2016 Keishi Fujiwara et al. All rights reserved. Septic Lateral Sinus Thrombosis: Sinus Exploration Is Unnecessary Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:53:11 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2016/4349538/ The algorithm of treatment of septic lateral sinus thrombosis (SLST) has undergone a paradigm shift with the understanding of the natural history of sigmoid sinus thrombosis. Thus, the recent medical literature promulgates the management of these cases with no sinus exploration. However, in view of marked paucity of literature on the cited subject, not much is known about this form of treatment. We present our experience of treating two paediatric cases of SLST with mastoid surgery and no sinus exploration: both cases had excellent recovery. Finally, conclusions are drawn in light of contemporary literature on this subject. Gautam Bir Singh, Rubeena Arora, Sunil Garg, Deepak Kumar, and Shruti Ranjan Copyright © 2016 Gautam Bir Singh et al. All rights reserved. Auditory Cortical Maturation in a Child with Cochlear Implant: Analysis of Electrophysiological and Behavioral Measures Thu, 31 Dec 2015 11:53:01 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/890508/ The purpose of this study was to longitudinally assess the behavioral and electrophysiological hearing changes of a girl inserted in a CI program, who had bilateral profound sensorineural hearing loss and underwent surgery of cochlear implantation with electrode activation at 21 months of age. She was evaluated using the P1 component of Long Latency Auditory Evoked Potential (LLAEP); speech perception tests of the Glendonald Auditory Screening Procedure (GASP); Infant Toddler Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale (IT-MAIS); and Meaningful Use of Speech Scales (MUSS). The study was conducted prior to activation and after three, nine, and 18 months of cochlear implant activation. The results of the LLAEP were compared with data from a hearing child matched by gender and chronological age. The results of the LLAEP of the child with cochlear implant showed gradual decrease in latency of the P1 component after auditory stimulation (172 ms–134 ms). In the GASP, IT-MAIS, and MUSS, gradual development of listening skills and oral language was observed. The values of the LLAEP of the hearing child were expected for chronological age (132 ms–128 ms). The use of different clinical instruments allow a better understanding of the auditory habilitation and rehabilitation process via CI. Liliane Aparecida Fagundes Silva, Maria Inês Vieira Couto, Robinson Koji Tsuji, Ricardo Ferreira Bento, Ana Claudia Martinho de Carvalho, and Carla Gentile Matas Copyright © 2015 Liliane Aparecida Fagundes Silva et al. All rights reserved. Intractable Posterior Epistaxis due to a Spontaneous Low-Flow Carotid-Cavernous Sinus Fistula: A Case Report and a Review of the Literature Tue, 29 Dec 2015 07:27:37 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/739019/ We report a case of a 90-year-old patient with intractable posterior epistaxis presenting as the only symptom of a nontraumatic low-flow carotid-cavernous sinus fistula. Purpose of this case report is to introduce low-flow carotid-cavernous sinus fistula in the differential diagnosis of intractable posterior epistaxis. We provide a literature review for the sequence of actions for the confrontation of posterior epistaxis. We also emphasize the significance of the radiological diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in the management of posterior epistaxis due to pathology of the cavernous sinus. The gold-standard diagnostic procedure of carotid-cavernous sinus fistula is digital subtraction angiography (DSA). DSA with coils is also the state-of-the-art therapy. By failure of DSA, neurosurgery or stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) may be used as alternatives. SRS may also be used as enhancement procedure of the DSA. Considering the prognosis of a successfully closed carotid-cavernous sinus fistula, recanalization occurs only in a minority of patients. Close follow-up is advised. A. Giotakis, F. Kral, H. Riechelmann, and M. Freund Copyright © 2015 A. Giotakis et al. All rights reserved. Castleman Disease of the Parotid Gland: A Report of a Case Sun, 27 Dec 2015 06:23:01 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/265187/ Castleman disease is an extremely rare benign lymphoproliferative disorder of unknown etiology. It affects the lymphatic chain in anybody region, although the commonest site is the mediastinum. The head and neck region is the second most common site; however, the salivary glands are rarely affected. We report a case of a 29-year-old Asian lady who presented with a 2-year history of an enlarging left parotid mass. Histopathology of the excisional biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of Castleman disease. Fawaz Abo-Alhassan, Fatemah Faras, Jassem Bastaki, and Mutlaq K. Al-Sihan Copyright © 2015 Fawaz Abo-Alhassan et al. All rights reserved. An Unusual Presentation of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Thu, 24 Dec 2015 12:59:51 +0000 http://www.hindawi.com/journals/criot/2015/826436/ Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is a relatively rare tumor of epithelial cell origin, most commonly arising from major salivary glands. It is uncommonly found outside the major or minor salivary glands and is especially rare when located in the nasal cavity. Diagnosis and treatment of ACC pose numerous challenges, partly due to its biological behavior of slow growth, high tendency of local recurrence, and perineural invasion. We present the case of a 67-year-old male with complaints of facial pain and swelling, with a CT scan showing a soft tissue mass extending from the right nasal cavity with osseous destruction. Biopsy revealed ACC with perineural invasion. ACC of the nasal cavity continues to pose diagnostic and therapeutic challenges to physicians. Because this rare pathology presents in a vague manner, early diagnosis requires a high index of suspicion for this disease and close follow-up care. Since ACC of the nasal cavity is seldom reported in the literature, it is our hope that reporting these rare instances as case reports will heighten physician awareness of this rare disease, allowing for early diagnosis and treatment. Kurren S. Gill and Mark A. Frattali Copyright © 2015 Kurren S. Gill and Mark A. Frattali. All rights reserved.