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    ABSTRACT: Most children suffer from otitis media with effusion (OME) before starting school. Insertion of grommets into the eardrum for treatment of OME is one of the most common operations performed in childhood. The efficiency and compliance of treatment with a new non-invasive device was evaluated in children with bilateral OME with disease duration of at least 3 months. A device for autoinflation was developed to enable a combined modified Valsalva and Politzer maneuver. Ten children, aged 3-8years (mean: 5years and 2months) with OME tested the device for estimation of its ability to ventilate the middle ear. Another thirty-one children, with persistent bilateral OME for at least three months, were divided into a treatment and a control group. Twenty-one children (42 ears), aged 2-7year (mean: 4years and 6months), participated as the treatment group and ten patients (20 ears), aged 3-7 years (mean: 4years and 5months), were included as controls. Tympanometry and otomicroscopy were performed at inclusion and at the end of the study. In the treatment group the middle ear pressure was normalized in 52% and improved in 31% of the ears with 7 children (33%) achieving bilateral and 8 (38%) unilateral normalization. In the control group the middle ear pressure was normalized in 15%, improved in 15% and deteriorated in 10% of the ears with one child (10%) achieving bilateral and one child (10%) unilateral normalization. Statistically significant differences (p<0.001) were observed in the pressure difference and the tympanometry type changes between the treatment and the control group. Otomicroscopic examination revealed that the number of ears judged as OME was reduced by 62% in the treatment group in comparison with 20% in the control group. All children managed to perform the maneuver and no side effects were neither reported nor detected. The device was efficient in ventilation of the middle ear with normalization or improvement of the negative middle ear pressure and otomicroscopic findings in young children with persistent OME.
    International journal of pediatric otorhinolaryngology 10/2013;
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    ABSTRACT: Upper gastrointestinal bleeding from variceal origin is a frequent complication in the cirrhotic population. Duodenal variceal haemorrhage, however, is infrequent and the endoscopic management of such lesions is not straightforward. Non-endoscopic options include vasoactive drugs, transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS), transvenous obliteration and surgery as rescue therapy. We present a patient with Child-Pugh A hepatitis C virus-cirrhosis with acute bleeding from a duodenal varix. It was managed with elastic band ligation but late rebleeding occurred after 6 weeks. Gastroduodenoscopy revealed active bleeding from the ligation eschar. Band ligation and sclerosis were attempted but unsuccessful. Terlipressin was started and the patient referred for TIPS. Surprisingly, angiography showed a normal hepatic vein pressure gradient; therefore, TIPS was not performed. Haemorrhage ceased with medical treatment alone. The patient remained stable and was discharged after 10 days, being currently under evaluation for hepatitis C therapy.
    Case Reports 01/2013; 2013.
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    ABSTRACT: A 16-year-old boy with a diagnosis of Parkes-Weber syndrome presented with a lower leg discrepancy of 3 cm for orthopaedic management. He had the triad of red skin lesion, lymphoedema and overgrowth of the right leg and multiple arteriovenous fistulae confirmed by angiography. Considering the risk of aggravating the vascular lesion, we decided conservative management of unequal limb lengths as long as this is well tolerated.
    Case Reports 01/2013; 2013.

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