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The PMFA Journal - October/November 2018 issue available

FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE: A practical guide to the most commonly used dressings in wound care by Sotirios Foutsizoglou. / Raising the bar for safer cosmetic surgery in the UK - part 2 by James D Frame. AND SO MUCH MORE...

The effect on taste buds due to severing of the chorda tympani nerve

The long-term histological effect on taste buds following cutting of the chorda tympani in humans is not clear. Confocal laser scanning allows in-vivo examination of the same group of taste buds and is aiding our understanding of why patients recover...

Leaving an impression – OTOSCAN ear scanning solution

Every person has uniquely-shaped ears that continue to grow over time. Making an accurate reproduction of the ear is an important part of delivering a customised ear product. From the early 1950s, this was achieved using a paste which set...

A classification of a new cell - the retrosphenoid cell

This is a concise paper which describes a previously undefined type of cell within the sphenoethmoidal complex. It identifies the retrosphenoid cell, differentiated from an Onodi cell by being entirely within the posterior wall of the sphenoid sinus, lying between...

Managing spontaneous CSF leaks secondary to benign intracranial hypertension

Spontaneous CSF leaks are a rare entity. In this paper, a Spanish group report their experience managing the condition using endoscopic surgery in 35 patients over an eight year period. Leak locations included the cribriform plate (18/35), ethmoid roof (15/35)...

Guidelines on COVID-19 published by Asia Pacific Laryngology Association (APLA)

Due to a vast geographical spread with diverse socio-economic conditions in the Asia Pacific countries, APLA Founding Chair, Vasant Oswal, President, David Lau, and Secretary, Vyas Prasad decided to publish guidelines on COVID-19 in the form of an ‘International Consensus',...

Reliability of Koos classification

Vestibular schwannoma (VS) tumour size has been considered the primary determinant of hearing outcomes and facial nerve function according to several published studies. Varying methods are used to estimate the size and volume of the VS with very little consensus...

A novel scale for the assessment of tracheoesophageal voice quality – the SToPS

There is currently no assessment tool in widespread use that permits a valid and reliable perceptual assessment of voice quality following laryngectomy. Such a scale is needed to investigate the functional outcomes of surgical voice restoration and rehabilitation regimes. Existing...

From the editor JanFeb 2020

Declan Costello, MA, MBBS, FRCS(ORL-HNS), Editor, ENT & Audiology News; Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, Berkshire, UK. E: d.costello@nhs.net Welcome Happy New Year! It is probably just the fact that I am getting older, but...

First HN case with respirator

Not heavy, reasonably comfy, claustrophobic, communication difficult; need to be vocal and clear. Allows loupes/ headlights. Protrudes & can desterilise field. Transoral laser microsurgery will be a challenge. - CLICK HERE

Beware of GPA as a cause of subglottic stenosis

Up to 92% of patients with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) have concurrent ENT manifestations of the disease. Whilst we are familiar with sinonasal and middle ear presentations of GPA, subglottic stenosis (SGS) is another important and potentially life threatening manifestation....

Facial Landmark localisation by curvature maps and profile analysis

The detection of three dimensional (3D) landmarks by scanning surfaces is a well established method in medical science. Anatomical landmarks are visually or palpably detectable and act as reference points for clinical measurements. When measuring these landmarks with a sliding...