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A novel, cheap and easy to build FESS trainer

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BACKGORUND. Simulation models have slowly been gaining a place in training and surgical skills, before attending the operating theatre. This paper presents a model that allows the trainee to practise the functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) training in a safe, non-patient facing environment.

MATERIAL AND METHODS. The method can be practised away from the operating theatre and the skills developed can then be transferred to the operating theatre. To create our FESS simulator, we use a cardboard tube and sheet, scissors, markers, cutter, foam, needles, catheters, plasticine, an inflatable balloon, a 10g lumbar puncture needle, one 5 cc syringe, two Blakesley forceps (straight and angled) and a 0° and 30° Hopkins rigid optics. In this simulator you can practise a puncture of the inferior turbinate, the endoscopic depth, remove a polyp, balloon dilation, a partial ethmoidectomy.

RESULTS. We describe a cheap and easy to build FESS training model, which allows the resident to practise this technique in a risk-free environment, while guaranteeing the reproducibility of the technique under similar conditions.

CONCLUSION. The high cost of digital simulators does not allow possible spreading this technology in every department. For that reason, the purpose of this paper is the acquisition of a set of skills that allow the resident to go to the operating room with clear concepts about the basic techniques.

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Method of stenting the lacrimal sac after performing dacryocystorhinostomy

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Lacrimal stents were used in the past to preserve the caliber of the lacrimal pathways after surgery, trauma, reconstruction, etc. Recently, their role in preventing functional epiphora has also been highlighted. Over the years, the stents have evolved and different models, materials and surgical techniques for positioning have appeared. Extensive and accurate knowledge of the type and design of the stent, the correct insertion technique offer optimal results depending on the anatomical area and the type of disorder of the lacrimal pathways. We will present the advantages of a simple catheterization technique for the lacrimal sac, endoscopic post-dacryocystorhinostomy.

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The united airway disease

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OBJECTIVES. The aim of this paper is to review the united airway concept.

MATERIAL AND METHODS. We searched Pubmed, Google, Google Scholar and Proquest Central database of Kırıkkale University.

RESULTS. Upper and lower airways are thought as a morphological and functional unit. There is a link between rhinitis and asthma. Over 80% of asthmatics have rhinitis and 10-40% of rhinitis patients have asthma. Rhinosinusitis is related to asthma in 34-50% of the patients. The relationship between rhinosinusitis and asthma may include “nasobronchial reflex, pharyngobronchial reflex, inhalation of dry, cold air and environmental pollutants inhalation”.

CONCLUSION. The united airway concept suggests that upper and lower airways are thought as a morphological and functional unit. It has been commonly accepted in recent years. Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a risk factor for asthma; and Allergic Rhinitis and Asthma (ARIA) suggest bronchial involvement in AR patients.

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Specific features of endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy – case report

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OBJECTIVE. The aim of the study was to evaluate the endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) with some particularities and its advantages over external DCR.

MATERIAL AND METHODS. We evaluated 3 female patients (age range 35-84 years) diagnosed with chronic dacryocystitis - lacrimal sac abscess (2 cases) and lacrimal sac fistula (1 case). All patients presented a history of repeated episodes of acute dacryocystitis initially treated with broad spectrum antibiotics by the ophthalmologist. The evaluation protocol consisted in cranio-facial CT scan or MRI for the evaluation of the lacrimal sac and nasal structures, an ophthalmologic examination with the catheterization of the superior and inferior lacrimal punctum with a light probe to verify the permeability of the lacrimal pathway, and the Jones test with fluorescein to receive information about the common lacrimal path. Lacrimal syringing with regurgitation of fluid from the opposite punctum was the only criteria to decide the surgery. In all three cases we performed an endoscopic DCR, with stent insertion in two cases and a laco-dacryo-rhinostomy in one case. In only one case a reintervention was needed 12 months later.

CONCLUSION. The endoscopic DCR, with its different particularities, is a safe surgical procedure with a low rate of complications, being the treatment of choice for the treatment of nasolacrimal duct obstruction.

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Preliminary outcomes in transcutaneous neuromuscular electrical stimulation use in patients with dysphagia

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Dysphagia is a common disorder associated with a large number of etiologies like aging, stroke, traumatic brain injury, head and neck cancer, neurodegenerative disorders, structural changes or congenital abnormalities. The type of the treatment and its results depend on the type, severity and the cause of dysphagia. The primary goal of dysphagia treatment is to improve the swallowing process and decrease the risk of aspiration.

Along with the existing rehabilitation swallowing treatments, new adjunctive therapy options developed, one of them being the neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).

The authors present the principles of NMES, a small literature review about the results of this therapy and their experience in using transcutaneous NMES in dysphagia patients.

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Variations of sphenoid pneumatization: a CBCT study

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BACKGROUND. The pneumatization pattern of the sphenoid sinus seems rather unpredictable, as resulted from previous studies. It is however extremely important for endoscopic approaches to target structures of the middle cranial fossa, such as the pituitary gland.

MATERIAL AND METHODS. We aimed at documenting by Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) the possibilities of anatomic variation of the sphenoid sinus. 25 randomly selected patients were retrospectively analyzed.

RESULTS. In 56%, the left and right sphenoidal sinuses were bilaterally symmetrical with respect to the sagittal pneumatization type: four patients had sellar types, one had presellar type and in nine cases the sphenoidal sinuses were reaching posteriorly to the sella turcica. Only in 8% of cases were found conchal types of pneumatization, but they were part of anatomical pictures including Onodi air cells. Such an Onodi cell presented a posterior (sphenoidal) recess reaching posteriorly and superiorly to the pterygopalatine fossa. The recesses of the sphenoid sinus were also documented: anterior or septal, ethmoidal, maxillary, clinoidal and lateral. In 32% was found a lateral recess only engaged between the vidian and maxillary nerve canals.

CONCLUSION. It appears that CBCT is a reliable tool for accurate anatomic identification of the sphenoid sinus pneumatization pattern, on a case-by-case basis.

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Orbital decompression for inverted papilloma – Case report

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Inverted papilloma is a rare benign sinonasal tumor with a still unclear etiology. In the last decades, HPV implication in inverted papilloma etiopathogeny has been studied and demonstrated in some scientific research papers, but with no causality proven. Imagistic investigations and the Krouse classification establish the surgical approach. Endoscopic surgery represents the golden standard treatment for most cases of inverted papilloma, while external or combined approaches present limited indications.

The authors present a case and therapeutic plan of an inverted papilloma located in the ethmoid sinus, with origin in the lamina papyracea and high-risk HPV implication.

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The chronic cough syndrome

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Cough is a common symptom encountered in medical practice and can occur throughout the life of a person. From a physiological point of view, it represents a mechanism responsible for the elimination of secretions from the airways. At the same time, cough may be the first symptom of an illness. There are many causes that may lead to the emergence of a chronic cough syndrome, the most frequent being pulmonary diseases. Besides the bronchopulmonary pathology, there are a number of extrapulmonary disorders that may manifest with coughing. The first step in evaluating the patient with chronic cough is performing a correct and complete anamnesis, followed by the physical examination of the patient. The treatment of the chronic cough syndrome must address mainly the underlying disease but, in case of failure of the established treatment, the antitussive therapy is used.

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Comparative analysis of features of chronic maxillary sinusitis of various genesis

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BACKGROUND. There are not many works devoted to the structures of a nasal cavity in odontogenic maxillary sinusitis and to a condition of an alveolar ridge of the maxilla with a rhinogenous genesis of the disease.

MATERIAL AND METHODS. 100 patients (N) with chronic sinusitis hospitalized at the ENT (N=50) and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (N=50) Departments were examined. The character of anatomic options of a nasal septum in chronic maxillary sinusitis is estimated according to a cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) with use of our own developed scheme of coordinates in the form of “triangles” which allows establishing versions of the block of the ostiomeatal complex and nasal septum deviation.

RESULTS. In cases of rhinogenous and odontogenic causes of maxillary sinusitis, the triangle deviation is detected more often, including a perpendicular plate of the ethmoid bone, the vomer and the quadrangular cartilage, contributing to the block of the ostiomeatal complex. This scheme has allowed us to establish a group of patients with the mixed genesis of maxillary sinusitis in the Otorhinolaryngology and MFS Departments (36% and 42% respectively) and that, in its turn, requires a cross-disciplinary approach when choosing a strategy of treatment.

CONCLUSION. In case of rhinogenous genesis of the disease, the bilateral nature of the process with involvement of other paranasal sinuses in the inflammatory process is detected more often. The category of patients with mixed genesis (rhinogenous plus odontogenic) of sinusitis demands a cross-disciplinary approach to diagnosis and making a decision about treatment strategies.

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Bleeding angiomatous polyps of the maxillary sinus: Review of literature and a rare case report

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ENT surgeons frequently encounter a variety of neoplastic, non-neoplastic and inflammatory masses involving the nasal cavity, the paranasal sinuses or the nasopharynx. Among these, the angiomatous polyp or angiectatic nasal polyps are rare and account for 4-5% of all inflammatory nasal polyps. They have variable growth patterns and clinical features. In angiomatous nasal polyps, there is a prominent component of dilated capillary-type blood vessels. We present a review of the literature regarding the most important features of this pathology and an unusual case of a large angiomatous polyp arising from the maxillary sinus.

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