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Fourth mandibular molar in a pediatric patient – Case report

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Background. Supernumerary teeth are described as an excess of the normal teeth number of 20 deciduous and 32 permanent teeth and can occur in any dental region.

Material and methods. The authors present the case of a 12-year-old female child with a paramolar in the maxilla, discovered accidentally during an orthopantomogram, emphasising the treatment modality and the complications that can appear.

Conclusion. Supernumerary teeth can be present in any region of the oral cavity. Both practitioners and clinicians should be aware of the various types of paramolars and make a treatment plan after an accurate clinical and radiographic examination.

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The treatment of gingival recessions - Our experience

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study was to compare the options for treatment of Miller’s Class I and Class II gingival recessions using coronally advanced flap (CAF) and platelet-rich fibrin membrane (PRFm) with CAF and connective tissue graft (CTG).

MATERIAL AND METHODS. A surgical treatment was carried out on 30 subjects (23 women and 7 men), with a total of 118 symmetrical recessions of Class I and Class II by Miller on different places of the jaws, using two different methods. On one side of the jaw was held a plastic covering of the recessions with CAF in combination with PRFm (test group), and on the other side – CAF in combination with connective tissue graft (control group). The clinical evaluation includes: gingival recession depth (GRD), probing pocket depth (PPD), clinical attachment level (CAL), keratinized gingival width (KGW), gingival thickness (GTH), mean percent of root coverage (RC %). The results were observed six months postoperatively.

RESULTS. The average values for the GRD measured six months postoperatively for the control group were 0.37±0.36 mm and 0.70±0.41 mm for the test group. The results for CAL for the control group were 2.01±0.44 mm and 2.28±0.50 mm for the test group, while the mean percentage of root coverage (RC %) was 90.29±9.05% for the control group and 80.48±10.19% for the test group. The values for GTH were 1.04±0.16mm for the control group and 0.92±0.09 mm for the test group.

CONCLUSION. Both compared methods show good results in terms of all evaluated parameters. The group treated with CAF + CTG showed better results with a statistically significant difference for the RC% and the average values for GRD, GTH and CAL. The results of our study demonstrate a good potential for PRFm used in the treatment of Miller’s Class I and Class II gingival recessions.

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“Visual Hook” for the removal of nasal foreign body – Case report

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We present a case of paediatric nasal foreign body removal using a flexible nasopharyngolaryngoscope, which is used both as an endoscope for visualization and as a hook for the rapid and complete removal of the nasal foreign body (“Visual Hook“).

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Case report. A rare case of triple-hit diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of the parotid gland in a patient with Sjogren’s syndrome

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BACKGROUND. Primary malignant lymphomas of the salivary gland are rare, accounting for 2% of salivary gland tumors and 5% of all extranodal lymphomas. The clinical presentation is not particularly characteristic, a feature that usually leads to diagnostic and treatment delays.

CASE REPORT. We report a case of a parotid gland triple-hit diffuse large B-cell (DLBCL) lymphoma associated with follicular lymphoma in a 76-year-old female patient with a unique personal history, which included a diagnosis of Sjogren Syndrome and exposure to a toxic working environment with pesticides. Diffuse large B-cell lymphomas are uncommon given the fact that most lymphoid malignancies are low-grade lymphomas, with MALT (mucosa associated lymphoid tissue) lymphomas being the most common. Triple-hit DLBCL are extremely rare and the diagnosis can be challenging. Parotidectomy, as the first step, must be followed by histopathology and immunohistochemistry for final diagnosis and treatment.

CONCLUSION. This case highlights the fact that B-cell lymphoma in the salivary gland can be unrecognized due to unspecific symptoms and requires immunohistochemistry studies for confirmation. It is important to recognize triple-hit lymphoma due to its worse prognosis and differentiated treatment. Patients with Sjogren syndrome have additional risk factors for progression to lymphoma.

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Endoscopic approach of sinonasal inverted papilloma – our 15 years’ experience on 162 cases

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BACKGROUND. Inverted papilloma is a benign tumor of the nose and sinuses, with a high risk of recurrence and malignant degeneration. The inverted papilloma is a slow growing tumor that can be approached through an endoscopic or external approach, depending on its stage.

OBJECTIVE. The aims of the study are to identify the particularities of diagnosis of the inverted papilloma, to establish the correct steps in surgical treatment of this tumor and to open the access for other steps of treatment.

MATERIAL AND METHODS. The authors present their experience in managing the sinonasal inverted papilloma in a 15-year retrospective clinical study, which included 162 patients. The preoperative protocol consisted in clinical examination, nasal endoscopy, radiologic imaging (CT scan) and biopsy with histopathology results and immunohistochemistry findings. Surgical removal of the inverted papilloma was performed by endoscopic techniques, according to the stage of the tumor. We were interested in the recurrence rate of the tumor and its malignancy after a long-term follow-up.

RESULTS. In our series, we included 162 patients and we had 26 (16.04%) recurrences and 12 (7.40%) malignant degenerations. All our patients were diagnosed in Krouse stages I, II and III and underwent endoscopic resection of the tumor.

CONCLUSION. In order not to have any leftover tumor (the most important factor of recurrence and malignant transformation), it is mandatory to have a complete diagnosis of the inverted papilloma, a precise surgical technique and a rigorous followup. In some cases, the surgical treatment is associated with other type of treatment (antiviral, antiangiogenetic).

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What is new in tympanoplasty?

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Medicine is in an era of technical development and innovation. Creating a tympanic membrane by using a 3D printer can exceed the disadvantages that classic graft materials have. The field of otolaryngology can be experiencing a paradigm shift towards the use of 3D-printer.

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Evaluation of ostiomeatal complex pathology related to endoscopic sinus surgery – a retrospective analysis

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BACKGROUND. The ostiomeatal complex (OMC) is the anatomical region situated between the middle turbinate and the lateral nasal wall, at the level of the middle meatus. Common anatomical variations of OMC are concha bullosa, hypertrophy of the uncinate process and of the bulla ethmoidalis and Haller’s cell. Our study was aimed to investigate the prevalence of these conditions and their relations to different symptoms.

MATERIAL AND METHODS. The study is a retrospective descriptive study based on 256 files of patients who were hospitalized and treated for OMC pathology in our clinic between January 2009 and January 2014. The data acquired were included into Excel Worksheets and statistically analyzed using GraphPad Software.

RESULTS. The most common finding was concha bullosa (63.67%), followed by hypertrophy of the bulla ethmoidalis (10.93%) and of the uncinate process (10.15%). Haller’s cell was found in only 3% of cases. The most common symptom for all patients was nasal obstruction, followed by nasal discharge. The majority of symptoms improved after functional endoscopic sinus surgery for OMC drainage.

CONCLUSION. OMC pathology is a frequent indication for functional endoscopic sinus surgery. The most common condition that determines blockage of OMC and need for surgical treatment is concha bullosa. The most common complaint of patients with OMC pathology is nasal obstruction.

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Do the turbinates play an important role in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome? – Our experience

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BACKGROUND. Nasal obstruction may trigger obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) and it is considered to be a cofactor in its pathophysiology. However, the relation between cause and effect still remains a matter of debate.

MATERIAL AND METHODS. 18 patients diagnosed with chronic hypertrophic rhinitis and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome were included in the present study. All patients underwent nasal surgery as the single treatment for their sleep breathing disorders. Rhinomanometric (total nasal airflow, logReff, logVR) and polygraphic parameters (apnea-hypopnea index - AHI, snore flags index – SFI) were evaluated pre- and 2 months postoperatively.

RESULTS. There was a statistically significant difference between the values of the preoperative and postoperative total nasal airflow (p-value<0.0001). In case of AHI, there was a decrease in its value from 31.56 preoperatively to 30.03 postoperatively, but the difference was not statistically significant (p=0.937). The SFI, on the other hand, presented a significant decrease (p=0.05), from a mean value of 93.15 preoperatively to 56.02 after the surgery. The correlation of the total nasal airflow with AHI and SFI, revealed that nasal surgery had an important impact upon snoring characteristics (r=0.24) and less upon OSAS severity (r=0.21).

CONCLUSION. The nasal cavity obstruction contributes less to OSAS, but still represents a disorder that needs to be corrected in case of such patients. Turbinates reduction surgery may be applied in the treatment of OSAS and combined with palate and/or tongue surgery.

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Original study. The clinical value of foam posturography in assessing patients with peripheral vestibular dysfunction – our experience

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BACKGROUND. Computerized dynamic posturography is the most important battery test designed to assess the ability to use visual, vestibular and proprioceptive cues in the maintenance of posture. Foam posturography reduces the availability of proprioceptive inputs, which makes more difficult the balance control.

OBJECTIVE. The objective of the study was to assess the clinical use of foam posturography in evaluating peripheral vestibular dysfunction.

MATERIAL AND METHODS. We evaluated 41 patients with vestibular disorders and 41 normal patients by using the sensory organization test in eyes opened, eyes closed and mislead vision conditions with and without the foam. We measured several parameters: the position of the center of pressure, the displacement in the center of pressure in anteroposterior and mediolateral planes and Romberg’s ratio on static and foam rubber.

RESULTS. The values of all parameters were significantly higher in patients with peripheral vestibular disorders than in the control group (p<0.05). Also. comparing the Romberg test results, the foam surface used by the patient was larger than the static one.

CONCLUSION. Foam posturography can be a reliable test in assessing patients with peripheral vestibulopathy, being also able to identify the visual and proprioceptive dependence levels.

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