International Journal of Otolaryngology

Otitis Media and Relevant Clinical Issues


Publishing date
15 Mar 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
15 Sep 2011

Lead Editor

1Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Minneosta, USA

2Medical College of Wisconsin,USA

3Head and Neck Surgery, Gentofte University Hospital of Copenhagen, Denmark

4University of Miyazaki, Japan

5Xi'An Medical University, China


Otitis Media and Relevant Clinical Issues

Description

Otitis media (OM), an infection in the space behind the ear drum, is one of the most common childhood infectious diseases worldwide. More than 70% of all children have at least one middle ear infection by the age of six years. Approximately 5-10% of patients turn to chronic OM which eventually causes hearing loss and sequelae. The pathogenesis of chronic and/or recurrent OM is multifactorial, including genetic predisposition, dysfunction of the Eustachian tube, impairment of the mucociliary system, hyperproduction of mucins, metaplasia/hyperplasia of mucous cells, and active secretion of ions and water. However, the detailed disease mechanisms for OM remain elusive. For example, we know that genetic predisposition is one of the factors leading to OM but it is not clear which genetic backgrounds play a role in OM. Again, mucous cell metaplasia is unclear at the moment although tremendous efforts and endeavors have been made in the recent years. It is believed that multiple factors (bacterial infections/metabolites, inflammatory cytokines/chemokines, and genetic/epigenetic changes) are involved in this cardinal change of middle ear mucosa. Mucous cell metaplasia is frequently associated with mucous cell hyperplasia (thus termed mucous cell metaplasia/hyperplasia). Mucous cell metaplasia/hyperplasia tends to drive OM into a chronic status, associated with abundant production of mucins in the diseased middle ear mucosa. This leads to an OM entity, that is, OM with mucoid effusion. The main focus of this special issue will be the pathogenesis of OM with mucoid effusion, including disease mechanisms through which acute infections in the middle ear turn into chronic infections or recurrent infections; molecular mechanisms through which mucins and effusions are produced; cellular events through which mucous cells are induced from general epithelial stem cells in the middle ear mucosa; bacterial metabolites/inflammatory cytokines that modulate the development of mucous cells in the middle ear; transcription factors and other molecules that are responsible for differentiation of mucous cells in the middle ear; possible factors that increase the risks for mucous cell metaplasia/hyperplasia, in addition to signal pathways that trigger submucosal fibrotic disorders; inductive signals for development of cholesteatoma under chronic OM conditions; genetic background through which patients are predisposed to chronic OM; clinical strategies for diagnosis of chronic OM using new technologies. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Mucins and mucin regulation in middle ear epithelial cells
  • Mucous cell hyperplasia/metaplasia in OM
  • Pathogenic mechanisms of OM predisposition
  • Fibrotic disorders in chronic OM
  • Signaling pathways in OM
  • New approaches and technologies for diagnosis of chronic OM
  • Mouse otitis media models
  • Genetics and OM susceptibility
  • Cholesteatoma and chronic OM

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 720363
  • - Editorial

Otitis Media and Relevant Clinical Issues

Jizhen Lin | Joseph E. Kerschner | ... | Quan-An Zhang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 312935
  • - Review Article

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines and Otitis Media: An Appraisal of the Clinical Trials

Mark A. Fletcher | Bernard Fritzell
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 745325
  • - Review Article

Mucin Production and Mucous Cell Metaplasia in Otitis Media

Jizhen Lin | Per Caye-Thomasen | ... | Joseph E. Kerschner
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 962496
  • - Research Article

Measuring Thickness of Middle Ear Mucosa Using MRI and CT Imaging versus Histopathology

Mary Ann Nyc | Sang Gyoon Kim | ... | Timothy Jung
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 438609
  • - Review Article

The Role of Atoh1 in Mucous Cell Metaplasia

Yoshihisa Nakamura | Yuki Hamajima | ... | Jizhen Lin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 548698
  • - Review Article

A Review of Hearing Loss in Cleft Palate Patients

Bilal Gani | A. J. Kinshuck | R. Sharma
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 269203
  • - Clinical Study

Transiently Evoked Otoacoustic Emissions in Children with Otitis Media with Effusion

Dimitris G. Balatsouras | George Koukoutsis | ... | Antonis Kaberos
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 350437
  • - Clinical Study

Clinical Experience of Auditory Brainstem Response Testing on Pediatric Patients in the Operating Room

Guangwei Zhou | Briana Dornan | Wheaton Hinchion
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