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    ABSTRACT: Fractures of the hyoid bone are rare occurrences. They are mainly caused by strangulation/asphyxiation injuries, trauma to the neck, and motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). As a result of their rarity, proper treatment guidelines are not in place for dealing with these injuries. In this study, a systematic literature review was conducted with the goal of identifying optimal management for patients with fracture of the hyoid bone. MEDLINE and PubMed databases. The MEDLINE and PubMed databases were searched for patients diagnosed with hyoid bone fracture. Further cases were obtained from the bibliographies of relevant articles. Full-text articles were obtained. Patient presentation, method of diagnosis, treatment regimen, and outcomes are discussed. Forty-six cases were collected from 36 articles. No randomized controlled trials regarding treatment of hyoid fractures were found. The most common etiologies were MVA, assault, and neck trauma during athletic activities. Most common presenting symptoms included dysphagia, odynophagia, and pain upon neck rotation. Most frequent presenting signs included anterior neck tenderness and swelling. Five cases out of 46 had surgical repair of the fractured hyoid bone. In the remaining 41 cases, 26 were treated with conservative management, which included rest/observation, diet changes, and analgesia, while the other 15 cases required tracheotomy or surgical treatment for related injuries. All patients survived and had excellent outcomes with resolution of symptoms. This review shows that direct surgical treatment of hyoid fractures was performed in only 10.9% of cases. Both conservative and surgical management yielded positive outcomes.
    Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery 06/2012; 147(2):204-8. DOI:10.1177/0194599812451409 · 2.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Prepontine epidural abscesses are extremely rare disease entities. To our knowledge, only 2 previous cases have been reported in the literature, neither of which was attributed to rhinosinusitis. Although the precise incidence of intracranial complications of rhinosinusitis is unknown, it is estimated that 3% to 4% of patients who are hospitalized for sinusitis develop central nervous system involvement. Suppurative intracranial complications of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis (ABRS) include subdural empyema, epidural and intraparenchymal abscesses, meningitis, thrombosis of the dural sinuses, and cavernous sinus thrombosis. We report an unusual case of a prepontine epidural abscess that developed from ethmoid and sphenoid bacterial sinusitis and resulted in right sixth nerve palsy. Institutional review board approval was obtained from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School, Newark.
    Archives of otolaryngology--head & neck surgery 05/2012; 138(5):512-4. DOI:10.1001/archoto.2012.438 · 2.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Miller Fisher syndrome (MFS), a variant of Guillain-Barré syndrome, is a rare disorder typically characterized by a triad of ataxia, areflexia, and ophthalmoplegia, which may have a highly variable clinical presentation. We report a case of MFS in a 45-year-old female presenting with sphenoid sinusitis and sixth nerve palsy. She underwent endoscopic sphenoid sinusotomy without improvement, had postoperative deterioration, was diagnosed with MFS, and was treated with intravenous immunoglobulin with complete response. Because of the potential severity of Guillain-Barré syndrome, great vigilance should be taken when examining sixth nerve palsies to prevent misdiagnosis and delay in treatment of the MFS variant of this disease.
    The Laryngoscope 05/2012; 122(5):970-2. DOI:10.1002/lary.23248 · 2.14 Impact Factor