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See detailValidation of the sino-nasal outcome test-23 in septorhinoplasty surgery.
Takhar, A.; Stephens, J.; Randhawa, P. S. et al

in Rhinology (2014), 52(4), 320-6

BACKGROUND: There has been a great expansion in patient-based outcome measures to face the ever-increasing demand to demonstrate surgical efficacy. However, surgeons have not adopted until now any ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: There has been a great expansion in patient-based outcome measures to face the ever-increasing demand to demonstrate surgical efficacy. However, surgeons have not adopted until now any systematic outcome instrument. The 22-item Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) is a validated sinonasal outcome score in sinonasal and septorhinoplasty surgery but does not measure aesthetic outcome. The aim of this paper is to validate a modification to the Sino-Nasal Outcomes Test-22 (SNOT-22) with a new question regarding the shape of the nose (SNOT-23). METHODOLOGY: We conducted a prospective cohort study on 69 consecutive patients undergoing septorhinoplasty and a control group of healthy volunteers. Reproducibility, responsiveness to treatment, known group differences and validity of the SNOT-23 were analysed. Scores were compared to visual analogue scales, nasal obstruction symptoms evaluation (NOSE) score and nasal inspiratory peak flow. RESULTS: SNOT-23 has good test-retest reliability and is a valid outcome measure for assessing response to surgery especially with regards to shape of the nose and nasal obstruction when compared to other patient reported measures. CONCLUSION: SNOT-23 is a valid and reliable tool that can be easily used in routine clinical practice to assess the functional and aesthetic outcomes from septorhinoplasty surgery. The SNOT-23 could be adopted as a universal, easy to use tool in rhinology clinics for the assessment of response to septorhinoplasty and sinus surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailUpper airway imaging in sleep-disordered breathing.
POIRRIER, Anne-Lise ULg; Fanielle, Julien; Bruwier, Annick ULg et al

in Acta neurologica Belgica (2014)

Our understanding of sleep-disordered breathing has evolved considerably over the past three decades, and clinical techniques of evaluation have progressed tremendously. Myriad imaging techniques are now ... [more ▼]

Our understanding of sleep-disordered breathing has evolved considerably over the past three decades, and clinical techniques of evaluation have progressed tremendously. Myriad imaging techniques are now available for the physician to approach the dynamic features resulting in turbulent airflow, upper airway narrowing or collapse at different levels. Controversy exists in the choice of investigations, probably because the best evaluation should be a combination of different techniques. Physical, radiographic, endoscopic and acoustic evaluations could be integrated to understand the degree and the levels of airway reduction and/or obstruction in a given patient. This review focuses on cost-effective and easily implemented techniques in daily practice, allowing quality assessment of the dynamic anatomy of sleep-disordered breathing: cephalometry, (sleep-)endoscopy and acoustic reflectometry of the upper airway. [less ▲]

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See detailExternal nasal valve collapse: validation of novel outcome measurement tool.
POIRRIER, Anne-Lise ULg; Ahluwalia, S.; Kwame, I. et al

in Rhinology (2014), 52(2), 127-32

BACKGROUND: We aim to validate a clinical scoring system of external nasal valve collapse. External nasal valve collapse is a rare and challenging condition. We attempted to simplify the examination of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: We aim to validate a clinical scoring system of external nasal valve collapse. External nasal valve collapse is a rare and challenging condition. We attempted to simplify the examination of the external valve, the surgical planning and the outcome measure. To validate our external valve score, we first assessed its reliability (inter-rater agreement and test-retest repeatability). We secondly considered the clinical relevance by using our scoring system in patients undergoing septorhinoplasty for external valve collapse. METHODOLOGY: For validation, 16 Rhinologists scored patients separately on two occasions. For the clinical relevance, 26 patients with external valve collapse were scored pre- and post-operatively (responsiveness). The external valve score was correlated to peak nasal inspiratory flow. RESULTS: The devised scoring system was reliable (substantial agreement between 16 surgeons with reproducibility over time). All patients in our prospective series showed significant improvement in their external valve score. The quality of life measured by the SNOT-22 tool showed significant improvement after surgery. CONCLUSION: External nasal valve collapse can be diagnosed and graded using this simple scoring system in the outpatient clinic. This paper reinforces the pivotal role of septorhinoplasty surgery in nasal airway reconstruction and the ongoing need to quantify success. [less ▲]

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See detailFrench adaptation and validation of the SinoNasal Outcome Test (SNOT)-22: a prospective cohort study on quality of life among 422 subjects.
de Dorlodot, Clotilde; Horoi, Mihaela; Lefèbvre, Philippe ULg et al

in Clinical otolaryngology : official journal of ENT-UK ; official journal of Netherlands Society for Oto-Rhino-Laryngology & Cervico-Facial Surgery (2014)

OBJECTIVES: ENT surgeons are facing an ever-increasing demand to demonstrate their efficacy. The 22-item Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) is a fully validated and easy-to-use outcome measure in rhinology ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: ENT surgeons are facing an ever-increasing demand to demonstrate their efficacy. The 22-item Sino-Nasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22) is a fully validated and easy-to-use outcome measure in rhinology. Our goal was to translate and validate the SNOT-22 in a cohort of 422 French-speaking subjects. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: The French version of the SNOT-22 was obtained by forward and backward translations by 6 independent interpreters. Five experienced rhinologists compared the translations to each other and a group of 12 naive patients selected the most appropriate translation of each item. To evaluate this questionnaire, we conducted a prospective cohort study on 376 rhinological patients and 46 healthy volunteers in 3 University-affiliated teaching Hospitals. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: reproducibility (test-retest reliability), internal consistency, known group differences, responsiveness to treatment, validity and correlation to other clinical instruments (visual analogue scale, Nasal Obstruction Symptoms Evaluation score and Lund-Mackay score). RESULTS: The test-retest reliability coefficient was 0.78, indicating a good reliability when administering the instrument on two different occasions. The internal consistency was high with a Cronbach's alpha value of 0.93. Our questionnaire was able to detect differences between rhinological patients and control subjects (p<0.0001) and improved significantly after nose and sinus surgery (p<0.0001), indicating a good responsiveness. There was a relative correlation with visual analogue scale and NOSE score, but no correlation with Lund-Mackay score. CONCLUSION: The SNOT-22 is a reliable and valid tool to assess quality of life in French-speaking patients and correlates well with known indices of disease severity. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vivo protection of spiral ganglion neurons by bryostatin 1: preliminary results
POIRRIER, Anne-Lise ULg; Van Den Ackerveken, Priscilla ULg; Defourny, Jean et al

in Advances in Cellular and Molecular Otolaryngology (2013), 1

Background: We aim to demonstrate the effect of bryostatin 1, a macrocyclic lactone that activates protein kinase C, on spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) of adult guinea pigs deafened by aminoglycoside ... [more ▼]

Background: We aim to demonstrate the effect of bryostatin 1, a macrocyclic lactone that activates protein kinase C, on spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) of adult guinea pigs deafened by aminoglycoside. Methodology: Twenty-one guinea pigs were deafened by the aminoglycoside gentamicin and then treated by continuous infusion of experimental molecule for 1 month. The experimental molecule was bryostatin 1, artificial perilymph (negative control), or neurotrophins and an apoptosis inhibitor (positive control). Neuronal density in the spiral ganglia was quantified. Results: Bryostatin 1 protected SGNs after a gentamicin challenge. Conclusions: Bryostatin 1 has a neuroprotective effect when administered continuously at low doses in adult guinea pigs. [less ▲]

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See detailNose and Sleep Breathing Disorders
POIRRIER, Anne-Lise ULg; Eloy, P.; Rombaux, P.

in Onerci, M. (Ed.) Nasal Physiology and Pathophysiology of Nasal Disorders (2013)

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See detailIs the Sino-Nasal Outcome Test-22 a suitable evaluation for septorhinoplasty?
POIRRIER, Anne-Lise ULg; Ahluwalia, Suki; Goodson, Alexander et al

in The Laryngoscope (2013), 123(1), 76-81

OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: It is becoming increasingly important for clinicians to demonstrate the impact of their interventions. The Sino-Nasal Outcome Test-22 (SNOT-22) questionnaire is a disease-specific ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: It is becoming increasingly important for clinicians to demonstrate the impact of their interventions. The Sino-Nasal Outcome Test-22 (SNOT-22) questionnaire is a disease-specific questionnaire involving 22 symptoms combining rhinologic issues with general health issues. We evaluated the SNOT-22 score as a quality-of-life outcome measure in septorhinoplasty surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Outcome research. METHODS: We carried out a prospective case series in 76 patients undergoing septorhinoplasty. Their SNOT-22 scores were compared pre- and postoperatively. We also recorded individual symptom scores to study the impact of surgery. To check its reliability, the SNOT-22 score was correlated to patient-reported symptoms on a visual analogue scale. Patients were screened for comorbid conditions. Interactions with the surgical technique and/or with the initial sinonasal disease were sought. RESULTS: The SNOT-22 is a reliable and responsive outcome measure in septorhinoplasty surgery. Septorhinoplasty was especially effective at addressing nasal obstruction, discharge, olfaction, related sleep disturbance, and emotional symptoms such as embarrassment or frustration. Comparison to the visual analogue scale instrument confirmed the outcome measured by the SNOT-22. CONCLUSIONS: The SNOT-22 could be used in routine clinical practice to highlight the impact of nasal disease in each patient and to measure the outcome and the effectiveness of the surgical intervention. [less ▲]

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See detailSphenoid sinus fungall ball: a retrospective study over a 10- year period.
Eloy, Ph; Grenier, J.; Pirlet, A. et al

in Rhinology (2013), 51(2), 181-8

A fungal ball consists of a dense conglomerate of fungal hyphae growing at the surface of the sinus mucosa without tissue infiltration. The maxillary sinus is by far the most commonly involved paranasal ... [more ▼]

A fungal ball consists of a dense conglomerate of fungal hyphae growing at the surface of the sinus mucosa without tissue infiltration. The maxillary sinus is by far the most commonly involved paranasal sinus cavity followed by the sphenoid sinus. The present study is a retrospective study of 25 consecutive cases treated during the last 10 years in the two hospitals be- longing to the Catholic University of Louvain (CHU Mont-Godinne and UCL Saint Luc). We report the symptomatology, the imaging and discuss the different surgical managements. We conclude that the clinician must have a high index of suspicion when dealing with a unilateral rhinosinusitis persisting despite a maximal and well conducted medical treatment. This is particularly so in elderly women when associated with facial pain and post nasal drip, particularly when the computed tomography shows an unilateral opacity of the sphenoid sinus with or without a sclerosis or an erosion of the bony walls, a polyp in the sphenoethmoidal recess or a hyperdensity mimicking a foreign body. An endonasal endoscopic sphenoidotomy is the treatment of choice in most cases, allowing good ventilation of the sinus and radical removal of all the fungal concretion. A biopsy of the sinus mucosa adjacent to fungal elements is of upmost important to confirm the non- invasiveness of the fungi within the tissue. Antifungal medication is not required in uncomplicated forms. All host factors producing some degree of immunosuppression must be corrected when present and must alert the clinician to rule out any forms of invasive disease. [less ▲]

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See detailAnatomical variations of the lateral nasal wall: The secondary and accessory middle turbinates.
El-Shazly, A. E.; POIRRIER, Anne-Lise ULg; Cabay, J. et al

in Clinical anatomy (New York, N.Y.) (2012), 25(3), 340-6

The aim of the current anatomical and clinical study was to audit our cases of patients who presented with secondary and/or accessory middle turbinates during a two-year period. We investigated the ... [more ▼]

The aim of the current anatomical and clinical study was to audit our cases of patients who presented with secondary and/or accessory middle turbinates during a two-year period. We investigated the incidence and the clinical impact of these variations. Twenty-eight patients, 19 males and 9 females with a mean age of 41.5 years, representing different ethnic origins, were diagnosed with double middle turbinates based on endoscopic examination. Of those, 92.8% had a main symptom of refractory frontal headache. A secondary nasal symptom was sensation of blocked nose. Patients who underwent endoscopic surgery (n = 13) for reduction of the extra turbinate, reported significant symptom scores improvement (P < 0.0001) of frontal headache and blocked nose, from means of 9.07 +/- 0.26 and 8.57 +/- 1.39 to 1 +/- 0.31, and 1.42 +/- 0.35, respectively. Our results indicate that double middle turbinates may be encountered in rhinology practice (2%). Clinically they may present with refractory headache and blocked nose. Endoscopic surgical approach seems to be an effective way of improving the symptoms. [less ▲]

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See detailRetropharyngeal abscess in adults.
Benmansour, N.; Benali, A.; POIRRIER, Anne-Lise ULg et al

in Revue de laryngologie - otologie - rhinologie (2012), 133(3), 137-9

OBJECTIVES: Retropharyngeal abscess in adults can be life-threatening. The otolaryngologist is on the front line in making the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. The aim of this study is to review ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Retropharyngeal abscess in adults can be life-threatening. The otolaryngologist is on the front line in making the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. The aim of this study is to review the clinical features, the diagnostic tools and the management of retropharyngeal abscesses in adults. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective study of retropharyngeal abscesses in adults admitted in the ENT department from 2005 to 2010. RESULTS: In total 4 patients were included in this study: mean age of 53 years (range 45 to 62 years), sex ration F/M = 3. Cultures obtained from the abscesses identified group A beta-hemolytic streptococci susceptible to amoxicilline-clavulanate in three cases. The treatment consisted in surgical drainage of the collection and intravenous antibiotics. CONCLUSIONS: Retropharyngeal abscesses in adults are critical infections requiring prompt diagnosis and treatment. Computed tomography scan was the crucial tool for the diagnosis, notably to differentiate cellulitis from abscesses. The management includes intravenous broad-spectrum antibiotics associated, if necessary, with surgical drainage in cases of persistent abscess. The outcome is usually good. [less ▲]

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See detailSudden sensorineural hearing loss: when ophthalmology meets otolaryngology.
Karelle, S.; Demanez, L.; Zangerle, P. F. et al

in B-ENT (2012), 8(2), 135-9

OBJECTIVES: Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a perplexing entity in otology. Susac's syndrome (also called retinocochleocerebral vasculopathy) is a rare disorder that consists of microangiopathy of ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Sudden sensorineural hearing loss is a perplexing entity in otology. Susac's syndrome (also called retinocochleocerebral vasculopathy) is a rare disorder that consists of microangiopathy of the brain, retina, and inner ear, and usually affects women in young adulthood. We describe the clinical aspects, radiographic findings, and management of one such case. CASE REPORT: A 30-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital because of sudden onset of bilateral deafness and headache. During her hospitalization, she developed discrete right hemiparesis and hypoesthesia. RESULTS: Magnetic resonance imaging revealed multiple signal hyperintensities and atrophy of the corpus callosum. The differential diagnosis was a myelinating condition, such as multiple sclerosis or acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis. CONCLUSION: Retinal fluorescein angiography helped the diagnosis of Susac's syndrome. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of postero-anterior cephalometry in obstructive sleep apnea.
POIRRIER, Anne-Lise ULg; Pire, Sylvie; Raskin, Sylviane et al

in The Laryngoscope (2012), 122(10), 2350-4

OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Lateral cephalometry has been widely used to characterize facial and maxillary morphology in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. It is a useful tool to assess orthodontic and ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Lateral cephalometry has been widely used to characterize facial and maxillary morphology in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients. It is a useful tool to assess orthodontic and maxillofacial procedures, but transverse dimensions of the airway (e.g., nasal framework) have not been well described yet by cephalometry. We explored whether postero-anterior cephalometry could refine the analysis of the facial morphology, with a special attention paid to nasal morphology. We validated cephalometric measurements relevant to the diagnosis of OSA. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled study. METHODS: We explored postero-anterior and lateral cephalometric bony structures in OSA patients and in control subjects to determine which were predictive of an association with OSA. Healthy volunteers paired for age and sex to OSA patients underwent polysomnography and cephalometry. Data were analyzed by Shapiro-Wilk, Fisher, Wilcoxon, and paired t tests where appropriate. RESULTS: Nasal fossae and maxillary bone proportions were positively and independently associated with the absence of OSA. Measurements of maxillary width, nasal fossae angle, and anterior skull base contributed to the characterization of OSA patients. CONCLUSIONS: Postero-anterior cephalometry is an easy, rapid, informative, and reliable technique, which is complementary to the lateral cephalometry in the assessment of OSA patients. Our study may also suggest the negative impact of the nasal resistance on the upper airway resistance in sleep disorders. [less ▲]

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See detailCystic dilation of the distal end of the nasolacrimal duct: underrated cause of epiphora in adults and its endoscopic treatment.
Eloy, P.; POIRRIER, Anne-Lise ULg; Nicoli, T. et al

in Rhinology (2012), 50(4), 436-41

Epiphora is a frequent reason for ophthalmologic consultation. Among the multiple causes, obstructions of the lacrimal excretory system are common. Sacal and postsacal obstructions are much more frequent ... [more ▼]

Epiphora is a frequent reason for ophthalmologic consultation. Among the multiple causes, obstructions of the lacrimal excretory system are common. Sacal and postsacal obstructions are much more frequent than presacal obstructions. Obstruction at the level of the Hasner's valve is rare and likely underestimated. The authors report the clinical history and the imaging of 3 patients with a cystic dilation of the distal end of the nasolacrimal duct (NLD). These patients were easily managed by an ENT surgeon. In one case, the surgery consisted of an endonasal DCR where in the 2 other cases, a marsupialisation of the cystic expansion of the nasolacrimal duct was successfully performed with the micro- debrider. The authors review the world literature on this specific topic. They conclude that a coronal sinus CT scan and an inferior meatus endoscopy should be included in the ophthalmologic work-up performed in all cases of low obstruction of the lacrimal system. When there is a dilation of the distal end of the NLD the marsupialisation of the cystic expansion in the inferior meatus is the option of treatment instead of performing a DCR. ENTs must play a role in the assessment and treatment of low obstructions of the lacrimal excretory system. [less ▲]

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See detailProinflammatory Cytokines Induce Bronchial Hyperplasia and Squamous Metaplasia in Smokers: Implications for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease therapy.
Herfs, Michael ULg; Hubert, Pascale ULg; POIRRIER, Anne-Lise ULg et al

in American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (2012), 47(1), 67-79

Tracheobronchial squamous metaplasia is common in smokers and is associated with both airway obstruction in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and increased risk of lung cancer. Whereas this ... [more ▼]

Tracheobronchial squamous metaplasia is common in smokers and is associated with both airway obstruction in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and increased risk of lung cancer. Whereas this reversible epithelial replacement is almost always observed in association with chronic inflammation, the role of inflammatory mediators in the pathogenesis of squamous metaplasia is still unclear. In the present study, we investigated the implication of cigarette smoke-mediated pro-inflammatory cytokine up-regulation in the development and treatment of tracheobronchial epithelial hyperplasia and squamous metaplasia. By using immunohistological techniques, we showed a higher epithelial expression of TNFalpha, IL-1beta and IL-6 as well as an activation of NF-kappaB and AP-1/MAPK signalling pathways in the respiratory tract of smoking patients compared to the normal ciliated epithelium of non-smoking patients. In addition, we demonstrated that these signalling pathways strongly influence the proliferation and the differentiation state of in vitro generated normal human airway epithelial basal cells. Finally, we exposed mice to cigarette smoke for 16 weeks and demonstrated that anti-TNFalpha (etanercept), anti-IL-1beta (anakinra) and/or anti-IL-6R (tocilizumab) therapies significantly reduced epithelial hyperplasia and squamous metaplasia development. These data highlight the importance of soluble inflammatory mediators in the pathogenesis of tracheobronchial squamous metaplasia. Therefore, administration of pro-inflammatory cytokine antagonists may have clinical application in the management of COPD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailActual Concepts in Rhinosinusitis: A Review of Clinical Presentations, Inflammatory Pathways, Cytokine Profiles, Remodeling, and Management
Eloy, P.; POIRRIER, Anne-Lise ULg; De Dorlodot, C. et al

in Current Allergy and Asthma Reports (2011), 11(2), 146-162

Rhinosinusitis (RS) is a heterogeneous group of diseases. It is a significant and increasing health problem that affects about 15% of the population in Western countries. It has a substantial impact on ... [more ▼]

Rhinosinusitis (RS) is a heterogeneous group of diseases. It is a significant and increasing health problem that affects about 15% of the population in Western countries. It has a substantial impact on patients' health-related quality of life and daily functioning and represents a huge financial burden to society and the health care system as a result of the direct and indirect costs. In addition, RS is not well-understood, and little is known about the etiology and pathophysiology. In the past decade, many papers have been published that have changed our understanding of RS. RS is commonly classified into acute and chronic RS based on symptom duration. In acute RS, an inflammatory reaction initiated by a viral infection characterizes most uncomplicated, mild to moderate cases. Therefore, the first line of treatment for these cases are intranasal steroids and not antibiotics. In severe and complicated cases, antibiotics combined with topical steroids remain the treatment of choice. On the other hand, chronic RS is actually subdivided into two distinct entities (chronic rhinosinusitis with and without polyps), as growing evidence indicates that these entities have specific inflammatory pathways and cytokine profiles. The authors review recent data regarding the clinical presentations, cytokine profiles, tissue remodeling, and modalities of treatment for each form of RS. [less ▲]

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See detailType III frontal sinusotomy: surgical technique, indications, outcomes, a multi-university retrospective study of 120 cases.
Eloy, P.; Vlaminck, S.; Jorissen, M. et al

in B-ENT (2011), 7 Suppl 17

Draf in 1991. The procedure--which is also known as the modified endoscopic Lothrop procedure--aims to create the largest possible anteroposterior and lateral to lateral opening between both frontal ... [more ▼]

Draf in 1991. The procedure--which is also known as the modified endoscopic Lothrop procedure--aims to create the largest possible anteroposterior and lateral to lateral opening between both frontal sinuses and the nasal cavities. This requires the resection of the medial floor of both frontal sinuses, the intersinus septum and the superior nasal septum. The authors present a retrospective study including a cohort of 120 patients who underwent surgery in six Belgian university ENT departments. Mean follow-up was 24.6 months (range: 5-36 months). This paper describes the surgical procedure and reviews the indications, comorbidities, outcomes and complications of the type III frontal sinusotomy. Some correlations are also established with the data published in the worldwide literature. The authors conclude that the Draf III is a demanding procedure requiring considerable expertise in endoscopic sinus surgery. The procedure is effective with a success rate of 87.5%. Indeed, 12.5% of patients only experienced closure of the neoostium while 20% of all the patients had unchanged or worse symptomatology. The percentage of post-operative complications is 7.5%. All complications were managed successfully. [less ▲]

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See detailOtotoxic drugs: difference in sensitivity between mice and guinea pigs.
Poirrier, Anne-Lise ULg; Van den Ackerveken, P.; Kim, T. S. et al

in Toxicology Letters (2010), 193(1), 41-9

The development of experimental animal models has played an invaluable role in understanding the mechanisms of neurosensory deafness and in devising effective treatments. The purpose of this study was to ... [more ▼]

The development of experimental animal models has played an invaluable role in understanding the mechanisms of neurosensory deafness and in devising effective treatments. The purpose of this study was to develop an adult mouse model of ototoxic drug-induced hearing loss and to compare the ototoxicity in the adult mouse to that in the well-described guinea pig model. Mice are a powerful model organism, especially due to the large availability of antibodies, probes and genetic mutants. In this study, mice (n=114) and guinea pigs (n=35) underwent systemic treatment with either kanamycin or cisplatin. Auditory brainstem responses showed a significant threshold shift in guinea pigs 2 weeks after the beginning of the ototoxic treatment, while there was no significant hearing impairment recorded in mice. Hair cells and neuronal loss were correlated with hearing function in both guinea pigs and mice. These results indicate that the mouse is not a good model for ototoxicity, which should be taken into consideration in all further investigations concerning ototoxicity-induced hearing loss. [less ▲]

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See detailOxidative Stress in the Cochlea: An Update.
Poirrier, Anne-Lise ULg; Pincemail, Joël ULg; Van Den Ackerveken, P. et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry (2010)

This paper will focus on understanding the role and action of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) in the molecular and biochemical pathways responsible for the regulation of ... [more ▼]

This paper will focus on understanding the role and action of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) in the molecular and biochemical pathways responsible for the regulation of the survival of hair cells and spiral ganglion neurons in the auditory portion of the inner ear. The pivotal role of ROS/RNS in ototoxicity makes them potentially valuable candidates for effective otoprotective strategies. In this review, we describe the major characteristics of ROS/RNS and the different oxidative processes observed during ototoxic cascades. At each step, we discuss their potential as therapeutic targets because an increasing number of compounds that modulate ROS/RNS processing or targets are being identified. [less ▲]

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See detailImagerie fonctionnelle et audition.
MAUDOUX, Audrey ULg; Poirrier, Anne-Lise ULg; Lefèbvre, Philippe ULg et al

in Cahiers de l'Audition (Les) (2010)

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See detailHearing Preservation in Cochlear Implantation and Drug Treatment.
Barriat, Sébastien ULg; Poirrier, Anne-Lise ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg et al

in Advances in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology (2010), 67

Insertion of an electrode array into the cochlea produces immediate damage to the inner ear, which is responsible for a hearing loss. In addition, a delayed hearing loss can be observed. In order to ... [more ▼]

Insertion of an electrode array into the cochlea produces immediate damage to the inner ear, which is responsible for a hearing loss. In addition, a delayed hearing loss can be observed. In order to maximize hearing preservation after insertion of an electrode and to enhance the performance of the cochlear implant, it has been proposed to deliver pharmacological agents to the inner ear. Molecules can be administered locally to the inner ear through a direct perilymphatic perfusion or through the round window membrane. These modalities of treatment have already been successfully applied to some patients with inner ear diseases. In this paper, we will review some basic aspects of drug delivery to the inner ear to prevent the degeneration of the neurosensory hair cells and auditory neurons, and the actual applicability to humans in order to maintain hearing function after the insertion of electrodes of a cochlear implant. [less ▲]

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