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Tracheomalacia is a rare congenital abnormality of the tracheobronchial cartilage causing the collapse of the airway and obstruction of expiratory flow. It is very difficult to manage infants with severe tracheomalacia. Severe cases lead to worse respiratory conditions and may become life-threatening, and necessitate immediate surgical treatment. Takeshi Yano of the University of Miyazaki, Japan has published an article in the Annals of Case Reports and Images Journal, in which a method to manage severe tracheomalacia patients using muscle relaxant has been discussed.
The study by Dr. Chin-Lung Kuo provided strong evidence, which was unrecognized earlier, to establish the potential link between cholesteatoma and depression. It is necessary to conduct routine psychiatric screening and monitoring of cholesteatoma patients for detection and treatment at the beginning stage itself. Despite the accuracy and acceptability of this population-based study, more prospective studies need to be carried out for additional confirmation.
The Institute of Safe Medication Practices has listed Oxytocin and Magnesium sulfate as high-alert medications causing significant harm to patients when used in error. Since these medications are frequently used in Labor & Delivery (L&D) units, safe administration to prevent medication errors is necessary for these units. As a part of the Safety Program for Perinatal Care (SPPC) of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), several L&D units opted for implementing safety science principles for the safe administration of oxytocin and magnesium sulfate. The research team led by Kayla B Gray has published a qualitative research article in the Research on Women’s Health Journal, which describes the experiences of 25 L&D units, which have opted to implement the safety science principles for the safe administration of these medications.
Oropharyngeal hemorrhage is a serious complication of oropharyngeal tumor that occurs instantly without any warning and may result in airway obstruction and respiratory distress. The bleeding, if not controlled effectively, can be life-threatening. The management of such cases without prior experience can make the situation too complex. Considering the critical nature of such bleeding, a simulation scenario was created where the junior Otolaryngology residents (interns) could learn to manage the patients with oropharyngeal hemorrhage safely and properly interact with the fellow healthcare providers. This simulation scenario was designed and developed by a team of senior medical professionals from New York, led by Joshua Feintuch. A detailed article of the simulation program is published in the Archives of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Journal.
It is our pleasure to invite Dr. Chin-Lung Kuo to be Deputy Editor in Archives of Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery!
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This video shows a laryngoscopic examination for signs of laryngeal irritation associated with laryngopharyngeal reflux. Large bilateral granulomas are identified on the surface of bilateral arytenoids
This is a video abstract regarding the article on the role of trapezius transfer for shoulder reconstruction in adult traumatic brachial plexus injuries.
In this video, the authors describe how they set out to assess the effect of external limb compression on the lymphaticovenular anastomosis.
In this video, the author discusses an unusual nasal mass (i.e., teratocarcinosarcoma) in the the sinonasal cavity.
In this video, the author describes their guided approach to incision placement to increase the likelihood of creating a successful lymphaticovenular anastomosis at each incision for an effective treatment for lymphedema.
A study conducted by Motta et al. showed that no significant difference in the primary, secondary and total hemorrhage frequency between surgical techniques for tonsillectomy.
In this article, the author reviews the manifestations, diagnosis, and treatments of LPR and suggests adopting a multidisciplinary approach for a reliable and conclusive diagnosis of LPR. Based on the previous research and latest findings, an algorithm is put forth to streamline the assessment and management of reflux disorders. Highlighting the significance of correct diagnosis and effective treatment of LPR, the author suggests that in case the diagnosis is doubtful, and the therapeutic response is unsatisfactory, the patient should be referred to a specialist.
Based on the comparison between the hematology and cytology, the authors concluded that by improving the skills of the technologists of the hematology laboratory in identifying cell morphology, the diagnostic values in body fluid malignancy could be improved, and the hematology laboratory would achieve comparable competency similar to the cytology laboratory.
Procedure-related miscarriage is the most crucial complication of the prenatal invasive tests which are being used for the diagnosis of fetal aneuploidies. Even though several risk factors like operator experience, gestational age, sampling route, and the number of tapping have been suggested for the procedure-related miscarriage, the cause of this complication remains unknown. The results of the study confirmed that the cervical lengths in the patients complicated with miscarriages were within normal limits.
The brain can process information, store them, and retrieve them as and when required; however, we hardly know much about the physiological mechanisms behind such fundamental functions of the brain. The efforts by psychologists, scientists, engineers, physicists, and mathematicians over the past decades have given some significant insight on the brain functions and have been helpful for carrying out further research on the subject.
It is our pleasure to invite Prof. Isao Koushima to be Editor-in-Chief in International Microsurgery Journal!
It is our pleasure to invite Prof. Zeng-Tao Wang (王增涛) to be Editor-in-Chief in International Microsurgery Journal!
Over the past decade, Da Vinci Surgical System has made great strides in surgery. It has been widely applied in urology, gynecology, bariatric surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, thoracoscopic surgery, cardiac surgery, neurological surgery, and transoral otolaryngologic neoplasm resection. However, its application in plastic and reconstructive surgery still in the preliminary stages of development. I went to Hong Kong in April 2013 for the robotic surgical system training program and was awarded console surgeon certificate.
This novel technique of sequential ETS micro-venous anastomosis is a modified technique from its classical form. The unique use of vessel loops provides protection to the vessel, while it achieves equisegmental IJV occlusion for sequential (proximal to distal) venous anastomosis. This method not only saves precious operating time from repetitive positioning of instruments and recipient vessel (IJV), but also creates a safer operating field for the microsurgeons. Utilizing a second single vascular clamp over the anastomosis junction provides an anchoring point for self-retraction by revealing and maintaining an accessible position to the posterior wall, once it is turned at 180 degrees laterally. This maneuver allows the surgeon to have full control of the surgical field and perform ETS micro-venous anastomosis confidently and independently.
Division of the lateral plantar artery does not jeopardize the foot circulation because of anastomosis of the lateral plantar artery with the dorsalis pedis artery at the first intermetatarsal space. However, care should be taken with patients with peripheral artery occlusive disease and the flow of dorsalis pedis artery should be confirmed before surgery. Given the advantages of sizable vessel, easy dissection, and proximity to the defect, we believe that the lateral plantar artery might be a valuable option as recipient vessel for lateral plantar forefoot reconstruction.
Pedicled anterolateral thigh flap is a versatile option for reconstruction of complex soft tissue defects in varied anatomical regions. Its wide arc of rotation and less donor site morbidity are its added advantages.
The 2nd instructional course for adult brachial plexus injuries is a fantastic opportunity to meet and learn from experts in the field. We cordially invite you to visit Chang Gung Memorial Hospital to participate in this unique learning experience.