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  • 1. A, Borgström
    et al.
    P, Nerfeldt
    Friberg, Danielle
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Questionnaire OSA-18 has poor validity compared to polysomnography in pediatric obstructive sleep apnea.2013In: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, ISSN 0165-5876, E-ISSN 1872-8464Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Abrahamsson, Lotta
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Ljung, Ida-Karin
    Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Bliss i interaktion: - En samtalsanalytisk fallstudie av hur blissanvändare och tolkare tillsammans bygger upp yttranden2008Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 3.
    Ager, Emma
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Solli, Elin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    The PhonicStick: A Swedish Study: How do children age 5 and 6 handle the PhonicStick and will the use of it affect their phonological awareness?2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Phonological awareness is the ability to recognise, identify and manipulate components in words. Phonological awareness is an important part of the early literacy learning, although researchers disagree on how the connection arises. In the United Kingdom, synthetic phonics is a recommended way to teach literacy and the Jolly Phonics is a common approach within this method. In Sweden, mostly synthetic but also analytic methods are used for literacy teaching. The PhonicStick is developed as a communication device for impaired people and is based on the Jolly Phonics. In this study, the PhonicStick was being tested on children aged 5 and 6 years in mainstream pre-school classes to evaluate the use of it and its use for improvement of phonological awareness. The participating children were randomly divided into a test and a control group. All children were pre- and post-tested to analyse the possible improvement of parts of the phonological awareness. The test group went through three PhonicStick sessions, including different games and tests. The results from the pre- and post-tests of phonological awareness showed no significant differences between the test and control group. However, four out of five PhonicStick tests showed a significant improvement between session 1 and session 3. This shows that the children in the study were able to handle the PhonicStick after only three sessions, including remembering phonics the without visual information and producing words including two or three phonics.

  • 4.
    Agrawal, Sumit
    et al.
    Western Univ, Dept Otolaryngol Head & Neck Surg, London, ON, Canada.
    Schart-Moren, Nadine
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Liu, Wei
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Ladak, Hanif M.
    Western Univ, Dept Otolaryngol Head & Neck Surg, London, ON, Canada;Western Univ, Dept Med Biophys, London, ON, Canada;Western Univ, Dept Elect & Comp Engn, London, ON, Canada.
    Rask-Andersen, Helge
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Li, Hao
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    The secondary spiral lamina and its relevance in cochlear implant surgery2018In: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, ISSN 0300-9734, E-ISSN 2000-1967, Vol. 123, no 1, p. 9-18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: We used synchrotron radiation phase contrast imaging (SR-PCI) to study the 3D microanatomy of the basilar membrane (BM) and its attachment to the spiral ligament (SL) (with a conceivable secondary spiral lamina [SSL] or secondary spiral plate) at the round window membrane (RWM) in the human cochlea. The conception of this complex anatomy may be essential for accomplishing structural preservation at cochlear implant surgery.

    Material and methods: Sixteen freshly fixed human temporal bones were used to reproduce the BM, SL, primary and secondary osseous spiral laminae (OSL), and RWM using volume-rendering software. Confocal microscopy immunohistochemistry (IHC) was performed to analyze the molecular constituents.

    Results: SR-PCI reproduced the soft tissues including the RWM, Reissner's membrane (RM), and the BM attachment to the lateral wall (LW) in three dimensions. A variable SR-PCI contrast enhancement was recognized in the caudal part of the SL facing the scala tympani (ST). It seemed to represent a SSL allied to the basilar crest (BC). The SSL extended along the postero-superior margin of the round window (RW) and immunohistochemically expressed type II collagen.

    Conclusions: Unlike in several mammalian species, the human SSL is restricted to the most basal portion of the cochlea around the RW. It anchors the BM and may influence its hydro-mechanical properties. It could also help to shield the BM from the RW. The microanatomy should be considered at cochlear implant surgery.

  • 5.
    Aittomäki, Minna
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Winell, Helena
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Grammatisk språkförståelse vid fyra år - testar vi det vi tror?: En jämförande studie av två grammatiska språkförståelsetest2011Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Many studies have investigated the development of children's language production, yet knowledge about how and when language comprehension develops is scarce. Researchers are agreed that comprehension generally precedes production, even though some grammatical structures are produced before the child fully comprehends them. Testing language comprehension is difficult, requiring the child to perform some kind of action in order to show his or her understanding. The aim of this study is to examine two grammatical comprehension tests, Nya SIT and TROG-2, and to compare both their content, and the results they generate. Seventy-six monolingual Swedish and bilingual 4-year-old children were tested with both tests. The conclusion is that the results of the two tests for all the children correlate fairly well, 0.7 according to Spearman's rank correlation. The correlation for the bilingual children is 0.6 and for the monolingual Swedish children 0.5. A regression analysis shows that language is the factor that has the greatest influence on the results, and that gender and age have less influence. The analysis of the test items shows that TROG-2 is a more thorough test of grammar than Nya SIT which only partly reveals the child's understanding of grammar.

  • 6.
    Albinsson, Sophie
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Berglund, Julia
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Testbatteri för talapraxi: Utformning och pilotnormering av ett artikulationstest2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Apraxia of speech (AOS) is a motor speech disorder that affects the planning and programming of speech, resulting in articulatory and prosodic distortions. To this date there is no available test in Swedish for assessment of AOS. Therefore, the aim of this study was to construct a test battery that enables the assessment of level of severity of the disorder, including mild AOS. A pilot standardization was performed on 50 healthy speakers. In order to determine whether the performance on the test battery is affected by sex, age or level of education, the selection of participants was stratified by these variables.

    The tasks were constructed based on previous research regarding the perceptual characteristics of AOS, taking into account also the types of tasks that have proved to be challenging for patients with AOS.

    The performance varied between different tasks of the test battery. On some tasks a high portion of the participants got very high scores, while other tasks were shown to be challenging even for healthy speakers. No significant sex differences were found on any of the tasks. However, age and level of education significantly affected the performance on some of the tasks. Overall, the effect sizes for level of education were larger than for age.

    In the future, the test battery should be able to determine the presence or absence and severity of AOS. For further development of the test battery, the standardization should continue using a larger sample. A clinical validation on patients with diagnosed AOS is also of great importance.

  • 7.
    Alm, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    A new framework for understanding stuttering: The dual premotor model2007In: Research, Treatment, and Self-Help in Fluency Disorders: New Horizons : Proceedings of the Fifth World Congress on Fluency Disorders, Dublin, 25-28th July 2006 / [ed] James Au-Yeung and Margaret M. Leahy, Dublin: The International Fluency Association , 2007, p. 77-83Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Alm, Per
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Cluttering: a neurological perspective2011In: Cluttering: a handbook of research, intervention, and education / [ed] D. Ward & K. Scaler Scott, London: Psychology Press , 2011Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Alm, Per
    Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Department of Psychology, Lund University.
    Stuttering and sensory gating: a study of acoustic startle prepulse inhibition2006In: Brain and Language, ISSN 0093-934X, E-ISSN 1090-2155, Vol. 97, no 3, p. 317-321Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It was hypothesized that stuttering may be related to impaired sensory gating, leading to overflow of superfluous disturbing auditory feedback and breakdown of the speech sequence. This hypothesis was tested using the acoustic startle prepulse inhibition (PPI) paradigm. A group of 22 adults with developmental stuttering were compared with controls regarding the degree of PPI. No significant differences were found between the stuttering adults and the control group; the groups showed similar means and distribution. Likewise, no relation between the degree of PPI and the effect of altered auditory feedback on stuttering was found. In summary, the results of the study indicate that there is no relation between stuttering and PPI.

  • 10.
    Andersz, Caroline
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Hansson, Anna-Maria
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    The use of the PhonicStick in group training: Can South African children age 5-6 improve their phonological awareness by using the PhonicStick?2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Phonological awareness is the ability to recognize, reflect on and manipulate sound structures of a language. This ability has been shown to be crucial when acquiring literacy. The PhonicStick is a speech-generation communication device, which was initially developed for individuals with complex communication needs (CCN) though more recent research has focused on the effects of the device on factors important for literacy acquisition. In the present study the effects on phonological awareness were evaluated after seven group training sessions with the PhonicStick. The participants of the study were 20 typically developing South African 5-6 year old children. All participants where pre and post tested with The Phonological Awareness Test part c) isolation and a PhonicStick test which tested the ability to produce isolated phonemes and combinations of three phonemes with the device. The results of the study showed that training with the PhonicStick did not appear to improve results on The Phonological Awareness Test part c) isolation. However, it was found that the participants of the training group had improved their ability to manoeuvre the PhonicStick and to produce isolated phonemes and combinations of three phonemes.

  • 11. Anmyr, Lena
    et al.
    Olsson, Mariann
    Freijd, Anders
    Larsson, Kjerstin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Research in Disability and Habilitation.
    Sense of coherence, social networks, and mental health among children with a cochlear implant2015In: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, ISSN 0165-5876, E-ISSN 1872-8464, Vol. 79, no 4, p. 610-615Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the personal and social resources of children with a cochlear implant from a child's perspective. Method: This descriptive cross-sectional study included 19 children with cochlear implants, aged 9-12 years. Data was collected, using the children's sense of coherence (CSOC) scale, the Network map, and the strengths and difficulties questionnaire (SDQ). The data was analyzed using descriptive and correlation statistics. Results: Most children had a strong sense of coherence. School life was an important arena for their social network. The mental health was comparable to normal hearing children. Still, some of the children with implants had low SOC and poor mental health. High SOC and closeness of the social network, especially in school, were associated with good mental health. Conclusion: This study shows that Swedish school-aged children with cochlear implants as a group have access to personal and social resources as strong sense of coherence and social networks. Still, there are individual children with psychosocial problems who need support and treatment.

  • 12.
    Anniko, Matti
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Acta Oto-Laryngologica2018In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, E-ISSN 1651-2251, Vol. 138, no 3, p. 192-193Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Arbin, Linn
    et al.
    Vasteras Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, S-72189 Vasteras, Sweden..
    Enlund, Mats
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland. Dept Anaesthesiol, Cty Hosp, S-72189 Vasteras, Sweden..
    Knutsson, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland. Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Vasteras Cent Hosp, S-72189 Vasteras, Sweden..
    Post-tonsillectomy pain after using bipolar diathermy scissors or the harmonic scalpel: a randomised blinded study2017In: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, ISSN 0937-4477, E-ISSN 1434-4726, Vol. 274, no 5, p. 2281-2285Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To compare the postoperative pain following bipolar diathermy scissors tonsillectomy (higher temperature dissection) with harmonic scalpel tonsillectomy (lower temperature dissection). Sixty patients aged 7-40 years planned for tonsillectomy with no other concurrent surgery were randomised to either bipolar diathermy scissors or harmonic scalpel as surgical technique. Blinded to the surgical technique, the patients recorded their pain scores (VAS, 0-10) at awakening and the worst pain level of the day in the postoperative period. All intake of pain medication was also recorded. No statistically significant differences were found between the two groups regarding postoperative pain levels or consumption of pain medication. Usage of the harmonic scalpel does not render less postoperative pain following tonsillectomy when compared with usage of the bipolar diathermy scissors.

  • 14.
    Assadian, Farzaneh
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
    Sandström, Karl
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Bondeson, Kåre
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Infection medicine.
    Laurell, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Lidian, Adnan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Svensson, Catharina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
    Akusjärvi, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
    Bergqvist, Anders
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
    Punga, Tanel
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology.
    Distribution and Molecular Characterization of Human Adenovirus and Epstein-Barr Virus Infections in Tonsillar Lymphocytes Isolated from Patients Diagnosed with Tonsillar Diseases2016In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 11, no 5, article id e0154814Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Surgically removed palatine tonsils provide a conveniently accessible source of T and B lymphocytes to study the interplay between foreign pathogens and the host immune system. In this study we have characterised the distribution of human adenovirus (HAdV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) in purified tonsillar T and B cell-enriched fractions isolated from three patient age groups diagnosed with tonsillar hypertrophy and chronic/recurrent tonsillitis. HAdV DNA was detected in 93 out of 111 patients (84%), while EBV DNA was detected in 58 patients (52%). The most abundant adenovirus type was HAdV-5 (68%). None of the patients were positive for HCMV. Furthermore, 43 patients (39%) showed a co-infection of HAdV and EBV. The majority of young patients diagnosed with tonsillar hypertrophy were positive for HAdV, whereas all adult patients diagnosed with chronic/recurrent tonsillitis were positive for either HAdV or EBV. Most of the tonsils from patients diagnosed with either tonsillar hypertrophy or chronic/recurrent tonsillitis showed a higher HAdV DNA copy number in T compared to B cell-enriched fraction. Interestingly, in the majority of the tonsils from patients with chronic/recurrent tonsillitis HAdV DNA was detected in T cells only, whereas hypertrophic tonsils demonstrated HAdV DNA in both T and B cell-enriched fractions. In contrast, the majority of EBV positive tonsils revealed a preference for EBV DNA accumulation in the B cell-enriched fraction compared to T cell fraction irrespective of the patients' age.

  • 15.
    Astradsson, Thorsteinn
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Laurell, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Ahlberg, Alexander
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol Head & Neck Surg, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Nikolaidis, Polymnia
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Physiotherapy, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Johansson, Hemming
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Oncol Stat, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Ehrsson, Ylva Tiblom
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Trismus in patients with head and neck cancer and 5-year overall survival2018In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, E-ISSN 1651-2251, Vol. 138, no 12, p. 1123-1127Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Trismus is a common complication of radiotherapy for head and neck cancer but its impact on survival is unknown.

    Aims/Objectives: This prospective study evaluates the incidence of trismus in patients with head and neck cancer receiving radiotherapy and the impact of trismus on 5-year overall survival.

    Material and methods: Two hundred forty-four patients with head and neck cancer were included. All patients received instructions on jaw exercises and were evaluated before initiation of radiotherapy and at 2, 6, and 12 months after termination of radiotherapy.

    Results: One year after treatment 25% had a reduced maximum interincisal opening (MIO) of 13 mm or more as compared to the pretreatment MIO. Trismus was most prevalent in patients with oral and oropharyngeal cancer. A trend towards worse 5-year overall survival was seen among patients with trismus.

    Conclusions: The trismus rate was approximately 30% at 12 months. Jaw exercises should primarily be offered to patients with oral and oropharyngeal cancer who are most likely to benefit. Further studies are required to investigate the effect of trismus on survival.

    Significance: This study identifies patients likely to benefit from jaw exercises and provides basis for further research on trismus and survival.

  • 16.
    Atturo, Francesca
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Barbara, Maurizio
    Rask-Andersen, Helge
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Is the Human Round Window Really Round?: An Anatomic Study With Surgical Implications2014In: Otology and Neurotology, ISSN 1531-7129, E-ISSN 1537-4505, Vol. 35, no 8, p. 1354-1360Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Hypothesis: Human round window (RW) presents anatomic variations that may influence surgical approach. Background: The true shape of the human RW has been divisive since its first description in 1772 by Antonio Scarpa. Introduction of novel surgical strategies in recent years have raised its significance. Here, the human RW size and shape variations were documented in microdissected human temporal bones. Methods: An archival collection of human microdissected temporal bones was analyzed. RW rim could be delineated and photographed from the labyrinthine aspect and its topography assessed. Results: Human RW is seldom round but ovoid or orthogonal, skewed, and nonplanar (saddlelike). Membrane is fan shaped or conical with an anteroinferior and a posterosuperior part. The mean longest diameter was 1.90 mm, and the smallest one is 1.54 mm. The mean diameter from the crista fenestra was 1.31 mm. The mean area of the RW was 2.08 mm(2), which varied between 0.99 and 3.20 mm(2). The crista fenestrae of the anterior component form a "doorstep" that may limit the entry to the scala tympani from the RW niche. Conclusion: The alternate anatomic features of the human RW may influence its surgical access and designs of implants aimed at targeting this region.

  • 17.
    Atturo, Francesca
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Schart-Moren, Nadine
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Larsson, Sune
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Orthopaedics.
    Rask-Andersen, Helge
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Uppsala Univ Hosp, Otolaryngol Sect, Dept Surg Sci Head & Neck Surg, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Li, Hao
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    The Human Cochlear Aqueduct and Accessory Canals: a Micro-CT Analysis Using a 3D Reconstruction Paradigm2018In: Otology and Neurotology, ISSN 1531-7129, E-ISSN 1537-4505, Vol. 39, no 6, p. e429-e435Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: We sought to study the anatomic variations of the cochlear aqueduct and its accessory canals in human temporal bones using micro-CT and a 3D reconstruction paradigm. More knowledge about the anatomic variations of these structures, particularly at the basal turn of the cochlea and round window niche, may be important to better preserve residual hearing as well as the neural supply during cochlear implant surgery.

    Methods: An archival collection of 30 human temporal bones underwent micro-CT and 3D reconstruction. A surface enhancement paradigm was applied. The application displays reconstructed slices as a 3D object with realistic 3D visualization of scanned objects. Virtual sectioning or cropping of the petrous bone presented subsequent areas. Thereby, the bony canals could be followed from inside the basal turn of cochlea and middle ear to the jugular foramen.

    Results: The cochlear aqueduct was always paralleled by an accessory canal containing the inferior cochlear vein. It ran from the basal turn of the cochlea and exited laterally in the jugular foramen. In 70% of the cases, a secondary accessory canal was observed and it derived mostly from a depression or infundibulum located in the floor of the round window niche. This canal also exited in the jugular foramen. The secondary accessory canal occasionally anastomosed with the primary accessory canal suggesting that it contains a vein that drains middle ear blood to the cranial sinus.

    Conclusion: Micro-CT with 3D surface reconstruction paradigm offers new possibilities to study the topographic anatomy of minor details in the human inner ear. The technique creates simulated transparent castings of the labyrinth with a coinciding surface view through enhancement of contrast between boundaries. Accessory canals that drain blood from the cochlea, spiral ganglion, and middle ear could be characterized three-dimensionally.

  • 18.
    Backlund, Charlotte
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Lindström, Emma
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Stavningsförmåga och allografisk förmåga hos vuxna personer med dyslexi: Preklinisk validering av STAVUX och Kasttranskription2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to determine if STAVUX (spelling test for adults) and Kasttranskription are suitable tests to use in the assessment of adults with spelling difficulties. At present, there are no such tests with norms for people older than 18 years. STAVUX was developed by Nilsson and Pettersson (2009) and consists of 45 words and 45 pseudo words of varying difficulty. The words are chosen to represent the different spelling patterns of the Swedish language and the pseudo words to represent the Swedish phonetic structure. A between group’s design was used to find out if STAVUX is a suitable test to use in the assessment of spelling difficulties. STAVUX was validated on 23 persons with dyslexia, aged 18-64 years, and the results were compared to a control group of 23 persons, aged 18-62 years. In this study it was also investigated if there was any correlation between spelling ability and allographic ability. The participants performed a case transcription task, where the participants were supposed to convert lower to upper case letters and upper to lower case letters, while time was measured. The test is named Kasttranskription and was designed by Hansson and Häägg (2008). The results of this study show that particularly the word part of STAVUX, contributes to the prediction of dyslexia. The dyslexic group performed significantly lower than the control group on both subtests (words and pseudo words). Both groups followed the same pattern in type of spelling errors. The majority of the participants in each group managed to perform Kasttranskription correctly. There was a significant difference in time of performance of Kasttranskription. The dyslexic group performed significantly worse in terms of time compared to the control group. The subtests of STAXUX and Kasttranskription were highly correlated with each other.

  • 19.
    Backlund, Josefine
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Lindqvist, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Snabb automatiserad benämning som screeninginstrument vid kognitiva störningar: En klinisk studie baserad på AQT2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    A Quick Test (AQT) Color-Form is a test that uses rapid automatized naming in order to identify cognitive impairment. It is divided into three parts, each of which consists of 40 stimuli that are to be named as quickly as possible. Previous studies have indicated that AQT separates patients with Alzheimer’s disease from normal controls with higher accuracy than the commonly used Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE). The purpose of this study was to investigate, for the first time, whether AQT results collected from a consecutive series of patients at a Memory Clinic would be able to predict the diagnosis. Another aim was to study the possible relation between AQT results and Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases. 492 forms from AQT Color-Form tests were analyzed and diagnostic prediction and correlation with level of CSF biomarkers were determined for the first 374 patients. The results imply that AQT Color-Form may be sensitive to some symptoms of benign memory impairment that is found in patients admitted to a Memory Clinic, but that it is not always sensitive to mild degrees of dementia. Further research consecutive series of patients is needed in order to determine the diagnostic abilities of discrimination in clinical practice.

  • 20. Bagger-Sjoback, Dan
    et al.
    Strömbäck, Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Hultcrantz, Malou
    Papatziamos, Georgios
    Smeds, Henrik
    Danckwardt-Lillieström, Niklas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Tideholm, Bo
    Johansson, Ann
    Hellstrom, Sten
    Hakizimana, Pierre
    Fridberger, Anders
    High-frequency hearing, tinnitus, and patient satisfaction with stapedotomy: A randomized prospective study2015In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 5, article id 13341Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Otosclerosis is a common disorder that leads to conductive hearing loss. Most patients with otosclerosis also have tinnitus, and surgical treatment is known to improve hearing as well as tinnitus. Some patients however experience worsening of tinnitus after the operation, but there are no known factors that allow surgeons to predict who will be at risk. In this prospective observational study on 133 patients undergoing stapedotomy, we show that postoperative air conduction thresholds at very high stimulus frequencies predict improvement of tinnitus, as assessed with proportional odds logistic regression models. Young patients were significantly more likely to experience reduction of tinnitus and patients whose tinnitus became better were also more satisfied with the outcome of the operation. These findings have practical importance for patients and their surgeons. Young patients can be advised that surgery is likely to be beneficial for their tinnitus, but a less positive message should be conveyed to older patients.

  • 21.
    Bengtsson, Caroline
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Jonsson, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Holmstrom, Mats
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Clin Sci Intervent & Technol, Div Ear Nose & Throat Dis, Huddinge, Sweden.
    Hellgren, Johan
    Univ Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Acad, Inst Clin Sci, Dept Otorhinolaryngol Head & Neck Surg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Franklin, Karl
    Umea Univ, Surg, Dept Surg & Penoperat Sci, Umea, Sweden.
    Gislason, Torarinn
    Univ Iceland, Dept Resp Med & Sleep, Reykjavik, Iceland.
    Holm, Mathias
    Univ Gothenburg, Dept Occupat & Environm Med, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Johannessen, Ane
    Univ Bergen, Ctr Int Hlth, Dept Global Publ Hlth & Primary Care, Bergen, Norway;Haukeland Hosp, Dept Occupat Med, Bergen, Norway.
    Jogi, Rain
    Tartu Univ Hosp, Dept Pulmonol, Tartu, Estonia.
    Schluenssen, Vivi
    Aarhus Univ, Dept Publ Hlth, Aarhus, Denmark;Natl Res Ctr Working Environm, Copenhagen, Denmark.
    Janson, Christer
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Lung- allergy- and sleep research.
    Lindberg, Eva
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Lung- allergy- and sleep research.
    Incident Chronic Rhinosinusitis Is Associated With Impaired Sleep Quality: Results of the RHINE Study2019In: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (JCSM), ISSN 1550-9389, E-ISSN 1550-9397, Vol. 15, no 6, p. 899-905, article id PII jc-18-00575Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Study Objectives: Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a common inflammatory disease of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses. Associations between CRS and poor sleep quality have been reported. This 10-year follow-up study investigates possible associations between incident CRS and sleep quality. Methods: A questionnaire was sent to 16,500 individuals in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Estonia in 2000. It included questions on airway diseases, age, sex, body mass index, smoking habits, comorbidities, education and sleep quality. In 2010, a second questionnaire was sent to the same individuals, with a response rate of 53%. A subgroup of 5,145 individuals without nasal symptoms in 2000 was studied. Multiple logistic regression was performed to examine associations between CRS (defined according to the European position paper on rhinosinusitis and nasal polyps epidemiological criteria) at follow-up and sleep quality, with adjustment for potential confounders. Individuals with the respective sleep problem at baseline were excluded. Results: Over 10 years, 141 (2.7%) of the individuals without nasal symptoms in 2000 had developed CRS. CRS was associated with difficulties inducing sleep (adjusted odds ratio 2.81 [95% CI 1.67-4.70]), difficulties maintaining sleep (2.07 [1.35-3.18]), early morning awakening (3.03 [1.91-4.81]), insomnia (2.21 [1.46-3.35]), excessive daytime sleepiness (2.85 [1.79-4.55]), and snoring (3.31 [2.07-5.31]). Three insomnia symptoms at baseline increased the risk of CRS at follow-up by 5.00 (1.93-12.99). Conclusions: Incident CRS is associated with impaired sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness. Insomnia symptoms may be a risk factor for the development of CRS.

  • 22.
    Bengtsson, Caroline
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Jonsson, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Holmström, Mats
    Svensson, Malin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Theorell-Haglöw, Jenny
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Respiratory Medicine and Allergology.
    Lindberg, Eva
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Respiratory Medicine and Allergology.
    Impact of nasal obstruction on sleep quality: a community-based study of women2015In: European Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology, ISSN 0937-4477, E-ISSN 1434-4726, Vol. 272, no 1, p. 97-103Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the study was to analyse the impact of self-reported nasal obstruction on sleep quality in women. A community-based sample of 400 women underwent a full night of polysomnography. Airway diseases, allergies and sleep-related symptoms were assessed by questionnaires. Women with subjective nasal obstruction were subdivided into three groups: persistent nasal obstruction (PNO, n = 46), hay fever (n = 88) and nasal obstruction at night (NON, n = 30). Sleep problems and related daytime symptoms were most prevalent among women with NON. After adjusting for age, BMI, smoking and asthma, NON was an independent predictor of 'Difficulties inducing sleep due to nasal obstruction' [adjusted odds ratio (95 % CI): 89.5 (27.0-296.7)], 'Snoring' [4.2 (1.7-10.2)], 'Sweating at night' [2.6 (1.1-6.1)], 'Difficulties maintaining sleep' [2.7 (1.2-6.2)], and 'Waking up hastily gasping for breath' [32.2 (8.7-119.1)]. 'Dry mouth on awakening' [7.7 (3.2-18.4)], 'Waking up unrefreshed' [2.7 (1.2-6.0)], 'Excessive daytime sleepiness' [2.6 (1.1-6.0)], and 'Daytime nasal obstruction' [12.2 (4.8-31.2)] were also associated with NON. Persistent nasal obstruction and hay fever were both associated with some reported sleep problems due to an overlap with NON. When women with NON were excluded, only 'Daytime nasal obstruction' was still significantly associated with PNO, while hay fever was associated with 'Daytime nasal obstruction' and 'Waking up hastily gasping for breath'. There were no significant differences in objectively measured sleep variables between any of the three subgroups and the study cohort. Self-reported nasal obstruction at night in women has a significant effect on several subjective day- and nighttime symptoms, but it does not appear to affect objectively measured sleep quality.

  • 23.
    Berg, Thomas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Medical Treatment and Grading of Bell's Palsy2009Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The main aim of this thesis was to evaluate the effect of prednisolone and valaciclovir in a large number of Bell's palsy patients. The incidence and intensity of pain around the ear, in the face or in the neck during the first two months of palsy, and its prognostic value, was also assessed. We also investigated how study design and choice of analysis method affect the rate of facial recovery. Furthermore, the agreement between the Sunnybrook, House-Brackmann and Yanagihara facial grading systems was evaluated.

    From May 2001 to September 2007, a prospective, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre trial with 12-month follow-up was performed in patients with Bell's palsy. Of 839 randomised patients, 829 were included in the intention-to-treat analysis; 206 received placebo plus placebo, 210 prednisolone plus placebo, 207 valaciclovir plus placebo, and 206 prednisolone plus valaciclovir. Time to recovery was significantly shorter in the 416 patients who received prednisolone compared with the 413 who did not (p<0.0001). At 12 months, 300 of 416 patients (72%) in the prednisolone group had recovered compared with 237 of 413 patients (57%) in the no prednisolone group (p<0.0001). Valaciclovir was not found to affect time to facial recovery or outcome at 12 months. Prednisolone and/or valaciclovir did not affect the incidence or intensity of pain. Presence of pain at day 11 to 17 indicated a worse prognosis for facial recovery at 12 months. We also found that recovery rates in a Bell's palsy trial are substantially affected by the choice of analysis method and definition of facial recovery.

    We used weighted Kappa statistics in 100 examinations of patients with facial palsy to assess the agreement between the Sunnybrook, House-Brackmann and Yanagihara scales. The highest agreement was found between the regional Sunnybrook and Yanagihara scales. An evaluative difference between the Sunnybrook and House-Brackmann systems was observed.

  • 24.
    Berg, Thomas
    et al.
    Department of Plastic Surgery, Rigshospitalet, Oslo.
    Jonsson, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Are patients with Bell's palsy receiving the right treatment?2015In: Tidsskrift for Den norske lægeforening, ISSN 0029-2001, E-ISSN 0807-7096, Vol. 135, no 11, p. 1026-1027Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Berg, Thomas
    et al.
    Department of Plastic Surgery, Rigshospitalet, Oslo.
    Stjernquist-Desatnik, Anna
    Kanerva, Mervi
    Hultcrantz, Malou
    Engström, Mats
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Jonsson, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Bells pares ger resttillstånd hos 30 procent av vuxna patienter: Tidig behandling med kortison ökar utläkningen2015In: Läkartidningen, ISSN 0023-7205, E-ISSN 1652-7518, Vol. 112, p. 1-5, article id C6RDArticle in journal (Refereed)
  • 26.
    Berglin, Cecilia Engmer
    et al.
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Clin Sci Intervent & Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.;Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Pierre, Pernilla Videhult
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Karolinska Inst, Dept Clin Sci Intervent & Technol, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Ekborn, Andreas
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Clin Sci Intervent & Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.;Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Bramer, Tobias
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy.
    Edsman, Katarina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy.
    Hultcrantz, Malou
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Clin Sci Intervent & Technol, Stockholm, Sweden.;Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Laurell, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Local treatment of the inner ear: A study of three different polymers aimed for middle ear administration2015In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, E-ISSN 1651-2251, Vol. 135, no 10, p. 985-994Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Conclusion: A formulation based on sodium hyaluronate (NaHYA) was the most promising candidate vehicle for intra-tympanic drug administration regarding conductive hearing loss, inflammatory reactions, and elimination. Objectives: Recent advances in inner ear research support the idea of using the middle ear cavity for drug administration to target the inner ear. This paper presents rheological and safety assessments of three candidate polymer formulations for intra-tympanic drug administration. Method: The formulations were based on sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (NaCMC), sodium hyaluronate (NaHYA), and poloxamer 407 (POL). Rheological studies were performed with a controlled rate instrument of the couette type. Safety studies were performed in guinea pigs subjected to an intra-tympanic injection of the formulations. Hearing function was explored with ABR before and 1, 2, and 3 weeks after the injection. Elimination of the formulations marked with coal was explored with an endoscopic digital camera 1, 2, and 3 weeks after injection. Middle and inner ear morphology was examined with light microscopy 6 days after injection. Results: The results speak in favor of NaHYA, since it did not cause prolonged hearing threshold elevations. The results of the elimination and morphological investigations support the conclusion of NaHYA being the most promising candidate for intra-tympanic administration.

  • 27.
    Berglund, Malin
    et al.
    NAL Med Ctr, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, S-46185 Trollhattan, Sweden.
    Florentzson, Rut
    Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Fransson, Mattias
    Skane Univ Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Lund, Sweden.
    Hultcrantz, Malou
    Karolinska Inst, Stockholm, Sweden;Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Eriksson, Per Olof
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Englund, Erling
    Sundsvall Hosp, Cty Council Vasternorrland, Dept Res & Dev, Sundsvall, Sweden.
    Westman, Eva
    Umea Univ, Dept Clin Sci, Otorhinolaryngol, Umea, Sweden.
    Myringoplasty Outcomes From the Swedish National Quality Registry2017In: The Laryngoscope, ISSN 0023-852X, E-ISSN 1531-4995, Vol. 127, no 10, p. 2389-2395Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives/Hypothesis: Data from patients registered for myringoplasty during 2002 to 2012 in the Swedish National Quality Registry for Myringoplasty.

    Study Design: Both conventional myringoplasty and fat-graft techniques were used aimed at healing the tympanic membrane in noninfected ears.

    Methods: Analysis was performed on data in a national database collected from 32 ear, nose, and throat clinics. Surgical procedures and outcomes, and patient satisfaction from a questionnaire were studied.

    Results: The database was comprised of 3,775 surgical procedures, with follow-up available for analysis. One-third were children under the age of 15 years. The most common indication for surgery was infection prophylaxis. The overall healing rate of the tympanic membrane after surgery was 88.5%, with a high mean patient satisfaction. Complications registered were postoperative infection, tinnitus, or taste disturbance that occurred in 5.8% of patients.

    Conclusions: Swedish results for a large number of patients who completed myringoplasty are presented. The success rate in this study is comparable to other studies, and good patient-reported outcome measures of myringoplasty are presented. Databases for surgical procedures and clinical audits are systematic processes for continuous learning in healthcare. This study shows that clinical databases can be utilized to analyze national results of surgical procedures.

  • 28.
    Berglund, Malin
    et al.
    Univ Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Acad, Inst Clin Sci, Dept Biomat, Gothenburg, Sweden;NU Hosp Grp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, S-46185 Trollhattan, Sweden.
    Suneson, Petter
    Malarsjukhuset Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
    Florentzson, Rut
    Sahlgrens Univ Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Fransson, Mattias
    Skane Univ Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Lund, Sweden.
    Hultcrantz, Malou
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Westman, Eva
    Umea Univ, Dept Clin Sci, Otorhinolaryngol, Umea, Sweden.
    Eriksson, Per Olof
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Tinnitus and taste disturbances reported after myringoplasty: Data from a national quality registry2019In: The Laryngoscope, ISSN 0023-852X, E-ISSN 1531-4995, Vol. 129, no 1, p. 209-215Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives/Hypothesis: Postoperative tinnitus and taste disturbances after myringoplasty are more common than previously reported.

    Study Design: This study was a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data from the Swedish National Quality Registry for Myringoplasty.

    Methods: The analysis was performed on extracted data from all counties in Sweden collected from database A from 2002 to 2012 and database B from 2013 to 2016. Tinnitus and taste disturbance complications 1 year after myringoplasty were analyzed in relation to gender, age, procedure, and success rate. In database A, physicians reported tinnitus and taste disturbances. In database B, patients reported the complications.

    Results: A major difference was found when the complications were reported by physicians compared to when the complications were reported by patients. In database A, tinnitus was reported in 1.2% of the patients and taste disturbances in 0.5%. In database B, the frequencies were 12.3% and 11.2%, respectively. Tinnitus and taste disturbances were more frequent after conventional myringoplasty compared to those after fat grafting and were more frequent after primary compared to those after revision surgery when reported by physicians. Patients, however, reported the same frequency of tinnitus after fat graft myringoplasty compared to that after conventional myringoplasty (12.0% vs. 12.6%) and fewer taste disturbances after revision surgery. In follow-up assessments, complications persisted after surgery over a long time period.

    Conclusion: Tinnitus and taste disturbances are more common after myringoplasty when patients report their symptoms than when physicians report the symptoms.

  • 29.
    Bergström, Anna
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Due, Sofia
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Logopedi.
    Att mäta kommunikativ förmåga: Utvecklandet av ett självskattningsinstrument2009Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Working with communication is a key element in professional speech and language therapy. The aim of this study was to develop a self-report instrument that measures communicative ability, with a possibility to capture both positive and negative aspects of communication. The instrument was developed in accordance with classical measurement theory. A first evaluation of the instrument with 13 respondents was conducted. As a result the number of items, ie questions, was reduced from 133 to 78 and individual items were altered when needed. 254 respondents then answered the revised form on the internet. Four factors could be extracted from the material. These were: behavior in social situations, functional communication, linguistic skills and receptive skills plus voice. The four factors explained 30,4% of the variance within the material. Cronbach's alpha for all 78 items was α = 0,76. The result of this study is an instrument in need of further revision and development, primarily with respect to validation.

  • 30.
    Berling Holm, Katarina
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Bornefalk Hermansson, Anna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Knutsson, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Örebro Univ Hosp, Dept Otolaryngol, Örebro, Sweden.
    von Unge, Magnus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. Akershus Univ Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Oslo, Norway; Univ Oslo, Oslo, Norway.
    Surgery for Chronic Otitis Media Causes Greater Taste Disturbance Than Surgery for Otosclerosis.2019In: Otology and Neurotology, ISSN 1531-7129, E-ISSN 1537-4505, Vol. 40, no 1, p. e32-e39Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: Patients with otosclerosis more often complain about postoperative taste disturbance than patients with chronic otitis media, which seems paradoxical. We aim to investigate if and potentially why this seems to be the case, since the chorda tympani nerve (CTN) is thought to be severely traumatized less frequently during surgery in the former than in the latter.

    Study Design: Prospective cohort study.

    Setting: Department of Otorhinolaryngology at Hospital of Vastmanland, Vasteras, Sweden.

    Patients: Sixty-five adults undergoing primary middle ear surgery were included. Thirty-seven were operated on for chronic suppurative otitis media with or without cholesteatoma (CSOM) and 28 for otosclerosis.

    Interventions: Middle ear surgery due to otosclerosis or CSOM. Subjective and objective taste measurements and quality of life (QoL) questionnaire.

    Main Outcome Measures: Taste was assessed using electrogustometry (EGM) and the filter paper disc (FPD) method before and up to 1 year after surgery. Questionnaires on taste disturbance, including a visual analogue scale (VAS), and QoL were completed before and up to 1 year after surgery.

    Results: Subjective taste disturbance anytime during the 1-year follow-up were reported by 62 and 46%, respectively. The difference in EGM 1 week after surgery compared with preoperative EGM was significantly greater among CSOM patients than otosclerosis. One year postoperatively, the difference is non-significant.

    Conclusion: Surgery for CSOM causes greater initial and more long-lasting taste disturbances as compared with surgery for otosclerosis. One-year postoperative taste normalizes for both CSOM and otosclerosis patients according to VAS and EGM measurements. No real change in QoL was seen 1-year postoperatively.

    Level of evidence: Level 2 evidence is prospective observational research with an experimental design.

  • 31.
    Berling Holm, Katarina
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland.
    Knutsson, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland.
    Strömbäck, Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Danckwardt-Lillieström, Niklas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Papatziamos, Georgios
    Karolinska Univ Hosp, ENT Dept, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Rosenblad, Andreas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland.
    von Unge, Magnus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland. Akershus Univ Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Lorenskog, Norway; Univ Oslo, N-0316 Oslo, Norway.
    Taste disturbance after stapes surgery: an evaluation of frequency, severity, duration, and quality-of-life2017In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, E-ISSN 1651-2251, Vol. 37, no 1, p. 39-43Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

     Conclusion: The incidence of taste disturbance after stapes surgery is high (61.9 %), whereas the majority (94.8 %) recovers within 1 year. More severe surgical nerve trauma caused more disturbance, implying that the nerve should be handled carefully during surgery.

     

    Objectives: Patients operated on for otosclerosis seem more often to complain about post-operative taste disturbance than those operated on for chronic otitis media, although the chorda tympani nerve more seldom becomes maltreated in stapedotomy. These observations seem paradoxical. It is unclear to what extent a post-operative taste disturbance affects the quality-of-life. This study aims to shed light on the occurrence of post-operative taste disturbances, on possible prognostic factors, and to what extent post-operative taste disturbance impairs the quality-of-life.

     

    Methods: One hundred and thirty-four adults undergoing primary stapedotomy were included. Questionnaires on taste disturbance and quality-of-life (SF-36) were answered before and after surgery, until 1 year post-operatively.

     

    Results: Eighty-three (61.9%) study persons reported post-operative taste disturbance. Seven (5.2%) reported persisting disturbance at 1 year. Surgically more traumatized chorda tympani nerves correlated with more severe taste disturbance post-operatively than less traumatized.  Taste disturbance at 1 year post-operatively correlate with a decrease of the physical function domain in the SF-36.

  • 32.
    Berling, Katarina
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland.
    Mannstrom, Paula
    Ulfendahl, Mats
    Lillieström, Niklas Danckwardt
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Von Unge, Magnus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Clinical Research, County of Västmanland.
    The chorda tympani degenerates during chronic otitis media: an electron microscopy study2015In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, E-ISSN 1651-2251, Vol. 135, no 6, p. 542-548Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Conclusion: Chorda tympani nerve specimens from ears with chronic inflammatory middle ear disease exhibit structural signs of degeneration. These correlate well with taste disturbance. Simultaneously, they exhibit signs of regeneration, which may explain the ability for taste recovery. Objectives: The chorda tympani, the major taste nerve, runs uncovered through the middle ear cavity. This situation exposes it to various forms of middle ear pathology. A difference has been noticed regarding taste symptoms pre- and postoperatively between inflammatory and non-inflammatory diseases. The present study aimed to investigate ultrastructural changes of chorda tympani in different forms of inflammatory middle ear disease, such as chronic suppurative otitis media and cholesteatoma, as compared with normal. Methods: Five chorda tympani specimens were collected from healthy middle ears of patients subjected to surgery for acoustic neuroma, to be used as normal controls, and five from middle ears with chronic otitis media or cholesteatoma, where the nerve could not be saved during the operation. Light and electron microscopy were performed. Results: For all five nerves from diseased ears, microscopy showed a higher percentage of axon and myelin sheath degeneration than in the normal controls. Furthermore, three of the five also exhibited sprouting.

  • 33.
    Bohman, Anton
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Juodakis, Julius
    Univ Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Acad, Inst Clin Sci, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Oscarsson, Martin
    Skaraborg Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Skovde, Sweden.
    Bacelis, Jonas
    Univ Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Acad, Inst Clin Sci, Dept Obstet & Gynecol, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Bende, Mats
    Skaraborg Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Skovde, Sweden.
    Naluai, Asa Torinsson
    Univ Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Acad, Inst Biomed, Dept Microbiol & Immunol, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    A family-based genome-wide association study of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps implicates several genes in the disease pathogenesis2017In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 12, no 12, article id e0185244Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps is largely unknown. Previous studies have given valuable information about genetic variants associated with this disease but much is still unexplained. Our goal was to identify genetic markers and genes associated with susceptibility to chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps using a family-based genome-wide association study.

    Methods: 427 patients (293 males and 134 females) with CRSwNP and 393 controls (175 males and 218 females) were recruited from several Swedish hospitals. SNP association values were generated using DFAM (implemented in PLINK) and Efficient Mixed Model Association eXpedited (EMMAX). Analyses of pathway enrichment, gene expression levels and expression quantitative trait loci were then performed in turn.

    Results: None of the analysed SNPs reached genome wide significant association of 5.0 x 10-(8). Pathway analyses using our top 1000 markers with the most significant association p-values resulted in 138 target genes. A comparison between our target genes and gene expression data from the NCBI Gene Expression Omnibus database showed significant overlap for 36 of these genes. Comparisons with data from expression quantitative trait loci showed the most skewed allelic distributions in cases with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps compared with controls for the genes HLCS, HLA-DRA, BICD2, VSIR and SLC5A1.

    Conclusion: Our study indicates that HLCS, HLA-DRA, BICD2, VSIR and SLC5A1 could be involved in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps. HLA-DRA has been associated with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps in previous studies and HLCS, BICD2, VSIR and SLC5A1 may be new targets for future research.

  • 34.
    Bohman, Anton
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Oscarsson, Martin
    Skaraborg Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Skovde, Sweden.
    Holmberg, Kenneth
    Univ Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Acad, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Johansson, Leif
    Skaraborg Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Skovde, Sweden.
    Millqvist, Eva
    Univ Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Acad, Dept Internal Med Resp Med & Allergol, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Nasic, Salmir
    Skaraborg Hosp, Res & Dev Ctr, Skovde, Sweden.
    Bende, Mats
    Skaraborg Hosp, Dept Otorhinolaryngol, Skovde, Sweden.
    Relative frequencies of symptoms and risk factors among patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps using a case-control study2018In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, E-ISSN 1651-2251, Vol. 138, no 1, p. 46-49Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate the relative frequency of important symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP), the link between CRSwNP and the lower airways and the importance of smoking in CRSwNP.

    Method: Three hundred and sixty-eight patients with CRSwNP and 1349 controls were recruited to the study and underwent a structured interview about symptoms from the upper and lower airways, and about smoking habits. Furthermore, all participants were clinically examined using nasal endoscopy.

    Results: Due to interactions between the outcome variables, a multiple logistic regression model was fitted to the data. Nasal secretions, nasal blockage and impaired sense of smell were symptoms associated with CRSwNP. Furthermore, male gender, increasing age and asthma were also associated with the disease. Current smoking was less frequent among patients with CRSwNP.

    Conclusion: By comparing symptoms and risk factors of patients with CRSwNP with those of a large population-based control group and testing them in a multiple logistic regression model, we have been able to generate data that address key research interests in CRSwNP.

  • 35.
    Bohman, Anton
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Oscarsson, Martin
    Holmberg, Kenneth
    Johansson, Leif
    Millqvist, Eva
    Nasic, Salmir
    Torinsson-Naluai, Asa
    Bende, Mats
    Heredity of nasal polyps2015In: Rhinology, ISSN 0300-0729, E-ISSN 1996-8604, Vol. 53, no 1, p. 25-28Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: Nasal polyps is a common disease but little is known about its' pathogenesis. Our hypothesis was that there are genetic factors involved in the development of this disease. The aim of this study was to examine close relatives of patients with nasal polyps and comparing them with a general population with regard to prevalence of polyps. Methodology: Patients with nasal polyps who attended the clinic were recruited to the study and were asked whether they had any close adult relatives (siblings, parents or children). We intended to recruit two relatives per patient, one of each gender, for nasal endoscopy. The prevalence of nasal polyps in these relatives was compared with the prevalence of nasal polyps in a general population. Results: During a 4-year period, 368 patients and 410 relatives were recruited to the study. Although we were unable to recruit two close relatives for every patient, we were able to calculate nasal polyp prevalence within families as being 19.2%. Compared with the prevalence of nasal polyps among individuals in a general Swedish population from the same geographical area, the relative risk for polyps among relatives was almost five times higher. Conclusion: This study strongly indicates that heredity is a factor of importance for development of nasal polyps.

  • 36. Borgström, A.
    et al.
    Nerfeldt, P.
    Friberg, Danielle
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Adenotonsillotomy Versus Adenotonsillectomy in Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea: An RCT.2017In: Pediatrics, Vol. 139, no 7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Adenotonsillectomy (ATE) is a well-established and effective treatment of pediatric obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In recent years, a more conservative method, adenotonsillotomy (ATT), has gained popularity because it is associated with less postoperative morbidity. Yet no previous randomized study has compared these 2 methods regarding their effectiveness in treating pediatric OSA in terms of polysomnographic data, which was the primary aim of this study. The hypothesis was that ATT is noninferior to ATE after 1 year.

    METHODS: Seventy-nine children, aged 2 to 6 years, with OSA (Apnea-Hypopnea Index [AHI] 5–30) were randomized to ATT (n = 40) or ATE (n = 39). Polysomnography (PSG) and questionnaire OSA-18 were assessed at baseline and 1 year postsurgery.

    RESULTS: Mean difference between groups in the primary outcome, change in AHI, was 0.83, 95% confidence interval –3.2 to 4.9, not exceeding the noninferiority margin of 5. After ATE, AHI decreased from median 12.7 (interquartile range 8.3–19.1) to 2.0 (1.2–3.1) and after ATT from 15.8 (8.5–21.2) to 4.0 (1.2–5.1). For both groups, significant improvements of PSG and OSA-18 questionnaire outcomes were observed, with no significant differences between groups. Five children (13%) in the ATT group needed repeated surgery for tonsil regrowth and recurrence of OSA.

    CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that ATT is noninferior to ATE in treating pediatric OSA regarding PSG outcomes after 1 year. ATT could be considered an alternative to ATE for treatment of pediatric OSA. However, after ATT, there is a nonnegligible risk of recurrence of OSA, and this should be taken into account when selecting surgical method.

  • 37.
    Borgström, Anna
    et al.
    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm Sweden.
    Nerfeldt, Pia
    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm Sweden.
    Friberg, Danielle
    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology, CLINTEC, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm Sweden.
    Sunnergren, Ola
    Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Ryhov County Hospital, Jönköping, Sweden.
    Stalfors, Joacim
    Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Trends and changes in paediatric tonsil surgery in Sweden 1987-2013: a population-based cohort study.2017In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 7, no 1Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives The objective of this study was to longitudinally describe the history of tonsil surgery in Swedish children and adolescents regarding incidence, indications for surgery, surgical methods and the age and gender distributions.

    Setting A retrospective longitudinal population-based cohort study based on register data from the Swedish National Patient Register (NPR) and population data from Statistics Sweden.

    Participants All Swedish children 1–<18 years registered in the NPR with a tonsil surgery procedure 1987–2013.

    Results 167 894 tonsil surgeries were registered in the NPR 1987–2013. An increase in the total incidence rate was observed, from 22/10 000 person years in 1987 to 47/10 000 in 2013. The most marked increase was noted in children 1–3 years of age, increasing from 17 to 73/10 000 person years over the period. The proportion children with obstructive/sleep disordered breathing (SDB) indications increased from 42.4% in 1987 to 73.6% in 2013. Partial tonsillectomy, tonsillotomy (TT), increased since 1996 and in 2013 55.1% of all tonsil procedures were TTs.

    Conclusions There have been considerable changes in clinical practice for tonsil surgery in Swedish children over the past few decades. Overall, a doubling in the total incidence rate was observed. This increase consisted mainly of an increase in surgical procedures due to obstructive/SDB indications, particularly among the youngest age group (1–3 years old). TT has gradually replaced tonsillectomy as the predominant method for tonsil surgery.

  • 38. Browaldh, N
    et al.
    Bring, J
    Friberg, Danielle
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    SKUP(3) RCT; continuous study: Changes in sleepiness and quality of life after modified UPPP.2016In: The Laryngoscope, ISSN 0023-852X, E-ISSN 1531-4995, Vol. 26, no 6Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives/Hypothesis

    Our previous study showed that modified uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), including tonsillectomy, significantly improved nocturnal respiration in obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) patients. This is a continuous study of changes in daytime sleepiness and quality of life.

    Study Design

    Prospective randomized controlled trial (RCT), two parallel arms.

    Methods

    Sixty‐five patients with apnea‐hypopnea index ≥ 15, body mass index < 36, Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) ≥ 8, Friedman stage I or II, failing nonsurgical treatment. The intervention group (n = 32) underwent surgery, and the controls (n = 33) had no treatment. At baseline and the 7‐month follow‐up, polysomnography, questionnaires, and vigilance tests were implemented.

    Results

    All patients answered the questionnaires, and 48 took the vigilance test. Epworth Sleepiness Scale decreased significantly in the intervention group, from a mean (standard deviation) of 12.5(3.2) to 6.8(3.9), but nonsignificantly in the control group, from 12.9(3.1) to 12.5(3.9), a significant group difference (P < 0.001). The physical and mental component score on the Short Form‐36 questionnaire increased significantly in the intervention group, from a mean 47.8(8.3) to 51.2(8.8) and from 42.1(10.6) to 48.1(9.7), respectively, but with nonsignificant changes in the controls: 49.0(9.0) to 48.3(9.1) and 41.0(10.2) to 42.7(11.5), significant group differences (P = 0.007, P = 0.031), respectively. The sleep latency/vigilance test showed a significant mean increase in the intervention group of 7(12.4) minutes and a decrease in the controls of 2.2(10.6), a significant group difference (P = 0.011). There were significant correlations between changes in subjective outcomes and nocturnal respiration.

    Conclusion

    This RCT shows that modified UPPP was effective in improving daytime sleepiness and quality of life in OSAS patients. It strengthens the body of evidence on the potential effect of surgery offered to selected patients.

  • 39.
    Bylund, Nina
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Jensson, David
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Plastic Surgery.
    Enghag, Sara
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Berg, T
    Marsk, E
    Hultcrantz, M
    Hadziosmanovic, Nermin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
    Rodriguez-Lorenzo, Andres
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Plastic Surgery.
    Jonsson, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Synkinesis in Bell's palsy in a randomised controlled trial2017In: Clinical Otolaryngology, ISSN 1749-4478, E-ISSN 1365-2273, Vol. 42, no 3, p. 673-680Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVES: To study the development of synkinesis in Bell's palsy. Frequency, severity, gender aspects and predictors were analysed.

    DESIGN: Data from the randomised controlled Scandinavian Bell's palsy trial including 829 patients.

    MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Frequency and severity of synkinesis at 12 months were the main outcome measures. Mean Sunnybrook synkinesis scores, voluntary movement scores and composite scores between 6 and 12 months were compared.

    RESULTS: In 743 patients with a 12-month follow-up, synkinesis frequency was 21.3%. There was no gender difference. Synkinesis was moderate to severe in 6.6% of patients. Those with synkinesis at 6 months had a synkinesis score of 4.1 (±2.8 sd), which increased to 4.7 (±3.2) (P = 0.047) at 12 months (n = 93). Sunnybrook composite score at 1 month was the best predictor for synkinesis development with receiver operating characteristics and area under the curve (AUC) 0.87. Risk for synkinesis increased with a lower Sunnybrook composite score. Furthermore, at 1 month, symmetry of voluntary movement had higher predictive value for synkinesis than resting symmetry with AUC 0.87 and 0.77, respectively. Gentle eye closure and open-mouth smile were the only independent significant predictive items (AUC 0.86).

    CONCLUSIONS: Moderate-to-severe synkinesis was present in 6.6% of patients. The mean synkinesis score increased between 6 and 12 months, and outcome should therefore be evaluated after at least 12 months. Sunnybrook composite score and symmetry of voluntary movement at 1 month were good predictors for synkinesis.

  • 40.
    Cheng, Junping
    Uppsala University, Medicinska vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences.
    Radioimmunotherapy in Experimental Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Tumour-targeting in vitro and in vivo2005Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Radioimmunotherapy (RIT) has been shown to be a practicable way to treat head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. A specific antibody recognizes the charasteristic structure of tumour cells when loaded with cytotoxic agents (toxins, drugs, radionuclides, etc). But RIT kills not only tumour cells with attached radionuclides but also adjacent tumour cells due to the “cross fire effect”. To be efficacious, RIT depends closely on suitable monoclonal antibody, on the properties of the chosen radionuclides, and on a suitable labelling method for attaching radionuclide to antibody.

    In this study we initially used radionuclide-labelled cMAB U36, via linker DABI in order to improve the retention of radio-conjugates in the tumour cells. Improved retention is important because the longer the radionuclide remains in tumour cells, the more effective will the tumour cells be eradicated. In the investigation, both normal mice and HNSCC-bearing nude mice were used to compare our form of treatment against other radio-iodination methods. In the biodistribution study, normal mice showed that radioactive uptake in organs diminished with time, irrespectively of whether the conjugate was directly or indirectly labelled. But in thyroid, there was a tenfold greater accumulation of direct-labelled than of indirectly labelled conjugate.

    In tumour-bearing nude mice, by contrast, the results showed promising uptake of radioactivity, but little uptake in direct-labelled conjugate in thyroid. Significant differences were observed on comparing tumour: organ ratios between 131I-cMAb U36 vs. 125I-DABI-cMAb U36.

    In the present study, cMAb U36 labelled with 211Astatine was initially used to treat HNSCC in nude mice. The biodistribution of 211At-cMAb U36 did not reveal any significant difference between an antibody-blocked group and a non-blocked group. But it did highlight the characteristics of a successful targeting conjugate in HNSCC-bearing nude mice.

    In the subcutaneous therapy experiment, most of the treated tumours (n=18) had disappeared by the 26th day, in both U36-blocked and non-blocked groups. Treatment in the intravenous therapy experiment had also proved effective. In the antibody non-blocked group, the smallest tumour volume was 25 mm3 (average 111 mm3) vis-á-vis 65 mm3 (average 145 mm3) in the blocked group. None of tumours grew again following treatment.

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  • 41.
    Christou, Constantina
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Wikström, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Radiology.
    Strömbäck, Karin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Bifurcation of the intratemporal facial nerve: A rare anatomical anomaly2018In: ACTA OTO-LARYNGOLOGICA CASE REPORTS, ISSN 2377-2484, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 15-18Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The anatomical position of the facial nerve is a critical factor in determining surgical candidacy in patients with congenital aural atresia (CAA). All patients with CAA must preoperatively be evaluated using a grading score based on information gained from a high resolution CT scan. In patients not suitable for surgical reconstruction, implantation of novel hearing implants is increasingly used for hearing rehabilitation. We, here, describe a bifurcation of the intratemporal part of the facial nerve in a 5-year old boy with CAA undergoing implantation with a bone conductive hearing device.

  • 42.
    Counter, S. Allen
    et al.
    Harvard Med Sch, Biol Labs, Dept Neurol, 16 Divin Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA.;Massachusetts Gen Hosp, Dept Neurophysiol, Boston, MA 02114 USA..
    Buchanan, Leo H.
    Harvard Univ Hlth Serv, Audiol Clin, Dept Otolaryngol, Cambridge, MA USA..
    Ortega, Fernando
    Univ San Francisco Quito, Galapagos Inst Arts & Sci GAIAS, Colegio Ciencias Salud, Escuela Salud Publ, Quito, Ecuador..
    Jacobs, Anthony B.
    Harvard Biol Labs, Cambridge, MA USA..
    Laurell, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Assessment of the Brainstem- Mediated Stapedius Muscle Reflex in Andean Children Living at High Altitudes2017In: High Altitude Medicine & Biology, ISSN 1527-0297, E-ISSN 1557-8682, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 37-45Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examined the physiological thresholds, amplitude growth, and contraction duration of the acoustic stapedius reflex (ASR) in Andean children aged 2-17 years living at altitudes of 2850m (Altitude I Group) and 3973m (Altitude II Group) as part of a general medical assessment of the health status of the children. The brainstem-mediated ASR reveals the integrity of the neuronal components of the auditory reflex arc, including the cochlea receptors, eight cranial nerves, and brainstem neural projections to the cochlear nuclei, bilateral superior olivary nuclei, facial nerve nuclei, and facial nerve and its stapedius branch. Uncrossed (ipsilateral) and crossed (contralateral) ASR thresholds (ASRT), ASR amplitude growth (ASRG) function, and ASR muscle contraction duration (decay/ fatigue) (ASRD) were measured noninvasively with 500, 1000 Hz and broadband (bandwidth = 125-4000 Hz) noise stimulus activators using a middle ear immittance system. Oxygen saturation (SaO(2)) level and heart rate were measured in a subsample of the study group. Statistical analyses revealed that the Altitude I and Altitude II groups had ASRT, ASRG function, and ASRD rates comparable to children at sea level and that the two groups were not significantly different for any of the ASR measures. No significant association was found between SaO(2) or heart rate and ASRT, growth, and muscle fatigue rate. In conclusion, the assessment of the ASR in children in the high-altitude groups revealed normal function. Furthermore, the results indicate no adverse oto-physiological effects of altitude on the brainstem-mediated ASR at elevations between 2850 and 4000m and suggest normal middle ear and auditory brainstem function.

  • 43.
    Counter, S. Allen
    et al.
    Harvard Univ, Harvard Med Sch, Dept Neurol, Biol Labs, 16 Divin Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA.;Massachusetts Gen Hosp, Dept Neurophysiol, Boston, MA 02114 USA..
    Buchanan, Leo H.
    Harvard Univ, Dept Otolaryngol, Audiol Clin, Hlth Serv, 16 Divin Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA..
    Ortega, Fernando
    Univ San Francisco Quito, Escuela Salud Publ, Colegio Ciencias Salud, Quito, Ecuador.;Univ San Francisco Quito, Galapagos Inst Arts & Sci GAIAS, Quito, Ecuador..
    Jacobs, Anthony B.
    Harvard Univ, Harvard Biol Labs, 16 Divin Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA..
    Laurell, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Middle Ear Function and Pathophysiology in Andean Children Living at High Altitudes2017In: High Altitude Medicine & Biology, ISSN 1527-0297, E-ISSN 1557-8682, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 163-170Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The extent of altitude-related middle ear disorders in children native to high altitudes is unclear. This study examined middle ear pathophysiology in two groups of children living in high-altitude Ecuadorian Andean communities by investigating middle ear pressure (MEP), tympanic membrane compliance (TMC), and ear canal volume (ECV) using tympanometry, and by otological examination. Altitude I Group lived at 2850m, and Altitude II Group resided at around 4000m. The two high-altitude groups were compared with a reference group of children residing at sea level. Mean MEP was -3.6daPa (SD: 39.2), 3.5daPa (SD: 28.7), and 1.3daPa (SD: 13.6) for Altitude I Group, Altitude II Group, and the Sea Level Group, respectively. The MEP was not significantly different among the three groups. Mean TMC was 0.63cm3 (SD: 0.51), 0.60cm3 (SD: 0.43), and 0.60cm3 (SD: 0.24) for Altitude I Group, Altitude II Group, and the Sea Level Group, respectively. The TMC was not significantly different among the three groups. Mean ECV was 1.1 (SD: 0.26), 1.2 (SD: 0.26), and 1.0 (SD: 0.23) for Altitude I Group, Altitude II Group, and the Sea Level Group, respectively. The difference in ECV between Altitude I Group and Altitude II Group was significant (p=0.043), as was the difference between Altitude II Group and the Sea Level Group (p=0.001). ECV did not differ significantly between Altitude I Group and the Sea Level Group. Otological examination revealed a low incidence of ear canal and middle ear pathology. In conclusion, tympanometric and otological findings did not reveal a high incidence of middle ear pathophysiology in children living at altitudes as high as around 4000m.

  • 44. Counter, S Allen
    et al.
    Damberg, Peter
    Aski, Sahar Nikkhou
    Nagy, Kálmán
    Berglin, Cecilia Engmér
    Laurell, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Experimental Fusion of Contrast Enhanced High-Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging and High-Resolution Micro-Computed Tomography in Imaging the Mouse Inner Ear2015In: The Open Neuroimaging Journal, ISSN 1874-4400, E-ISSN 1874-4400, Vol. 9, p. 7-12Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    OBJECTIVE: Imaging cochlear, vestibular, and 8th cranial nerve abnormalities remains a challenge. In this study, the membranous and osseous labyrinths of the wild type mouse inner ear were examined using volumetric data from ultra high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with gadolinium contrast at 9.4 Tesla and high-resolution micro-computed tomography (µCT) to visualize the scalae and vestibular apparatus, and to establish imaging protocols and parameters for comparative analysis of the normal and mutant mouse inner ear.

    METHODS: For in vivo MRI acquisition, animals were placed in a Milleped coil situated in the isocenter of a horizontal 9.4 T Varian magnet. For µCT examination, cone beam scans were performed ex vivo following MRI using the µCT component of a nanoScan PET/CT in vivo scanner.

    RESULTS: The fusion of Gd enhanced high field MRI and high-resolution µCT scans revealed the dynamic membranous labyrinth of the perilymphatic fluid filled scala tympani and scala vestibule of the cochlea, and semicircular canals of the vestibular apparatus, within the µCT visualized contours of the contiguous osseous labyrinth. The ex vivo µCT segmentation revealed the surface contours and structural morphology of each cochlea turn and the semicircular canals in 3 planes.

    CONCLUSIONS: The fusion of ultra high-field MRI and high-resolution µCT imaging techniques were complementary, and provided high-resolution dynamic and static visualization of the complex morphological features of the normal mouse inner ear structures, which may offer a valuable approach for the investigation of cochlear and vestibular abnormalities that are associated with birth defects related to genetic inner ear disorders in humans.

  • 45.
    Counter, S. Allen
    et al.
    Harvard Univ, Biol Labs, Dept Neurol, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA..
    Nikkhou-Aski, Sahar
    Karolinska Univ Sjukhuset Solna, Karolinska Expt Res & Imaging Ctr, Stockholm, Sweden.;Karolinska Inst, Dept Clin Neurosci, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Damberg, Peter
    Karolinska Univ Sjukhuset Solna, Karolinska Expt Res & Imaging Ctr, Stockholm, Sweden.;Karolinska Inst, Dept Clin Neurosci, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Berglin, Cecilia Engmer
    Karolinska Inst, Dept Clin Sci Intervent & Technol, Stockholm, Sweden..
    Laurell, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Ultra-high-field (9.4 T) MRI Analysis of Contrast Agent Transport Across the Blood-Perilymph Barrier and Intrastrial Fluid-Blood Barrier in the Mouse Inner Ear2017In: Otology and Neurotology, ISSN 1531-7129, E-ISSN 1537-4505, Vol. 38, no 7, p. 1052-1059Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Hypothesis: Effective paramagnetic contrast agent for the penetration of the perilymphatic spaces of the scala tympani, scala vestibuli, and scala media of the mouse inner ear can be determined using intravenous injection of various gadolinium (Gd) complexes and ultra-high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 9.4 Tesla.

    Background: A number of contrast agents have been explored in experimental high-field MRI to determine the most effective Gd complex for ideal signal-to-noise ratio and maximal visualization of the in vivo mammalian inner ear in analyzing the temporal and spatial parameters involved in drug penetration of the blood-perilymph barrier and intrastrial fluid-blood barrier in the mouse model using MRI.

    Methods: Gadoteric acid (Dotarem), Gadobutrol (Gadovist), Gadodiamide (Omniscan), Gadopent acid (Magnevist), and Mangafodipir (Teslascan) were administered intravenously using the tail vein of 60 Balb/C mice. High-resolution T1 images of drug penetration were acquired with a horizontal 9.4 T Agilent magnet after intravenously injection. Signal intensity was used as a metric of temporal and spatial parameters of drug delivery and penetration of the perilymphatic and endolymphatic spaces.

    Results: ANOVA analysis of the area under the curve of intensity enhancement in perilymph revealed a significant difference (p < 0.05) in the scalae uptake using different contrast agents (F (3,25) = 3.54, p = 0.029). The Gadoteric acid complex Dotarem was found to be the most effective Gd compound in terms of rapid, morphological enhancement for analysis of the temporal, and spatial distribution in the perilymphatic space of the inner ear.

    Conclusion: Gadoteric acid (Dotarem) demonstrated efficacy as a contrast agent for enhanced visualization of the perilymphatic spaces of the inner ear labyrinthine in the mouse, including the scala tympani and scala vestibuli of the cochlea, and the semicircular canals of the vestibular apparatus. These findings may inform the clinical application of Gd compounds in patients with inner ear fluid disorders and vertigo.

  • 46. Dammeyer, Pascal
    et al.
    Hellberg, Victoria
    Wallin, Inger
    Laurell, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Shoshan, Maria
    Ehrsson, Hans
    Arner, Elias S. J.
    Kirkegaard, Mette
    Cisplatin and oxaliplatin are toxic to cochlear outer hair cells and both target thioredoxin reductase in organ of Corti cultures2014In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, E-ISSN 1651-2251, Vol. 134, no 5, p. 448-454Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Conclusion: Inhibition of thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) may be a contributing factor in cisplatin- induced ototoxicity. Direct exposure of organ of Corti to cisplatin and oxaliplatin gives equal loss of hair cells. Objectives: Platinum- containing drugs are known to target the anti- oxidant selenoprotein TrxR in cancer cells. Two such anti- cancer, platinum- containing drugs, cisplatin and oxaliplatin, have different side effects. Only cisplatin induces hearing loss, i.e. has an ototoxic side effect that is not seen after treatment with oxaliplatin. The objective of this study was to evaluate if TrxR is a target in the cochlea. Loss of outer hair cells was also compared when cisplatin and oxaliplatin were administered directly to the organ of Corti. Methods: Organ of Corti cell culture was used for direct exposure to cisplatin and oxaliplatin. Hair cells were evaluated and the level of TrxR was assessed. Immunohistochemical staining for TrxR was performed. An animal model was used to evaluate the effect on TrxR after treatment with cisplatin and oxaliplatin in vivo. Results: Direct exposure of cochlear organotypic cultures to either cisplatin or oxaliplatin induced comparable levels of outer hair cell loss and inhibition of TrxR, demonstrating that both drugs are similarly ototoxic provided that the cochlea becomes directly exposed.

  • 47. E, Pajediene
    et al.
    I, Bileviciute-Ljungar
    Friberg, Danielle
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Sleep patterns among patients with chronic fatigue: A polysomnography-based study.2018In: The clinical respiratory journal, Vol. 12, no 4Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives

    The purpose of this study was to detect treatable sleep disorders among patients complaining of chronic fatigue by using sleep questionnaires and polysomnography.

    Methods

    Patients were referred to hospital for investigations and rehabilitation because of a suspected diagnosis of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). The criteria for further referral to full‐night polysomnography (PSG) were symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness and/or tiredness in the questionnaires.

    Results

    Of a total of 381 patients, 78 (20.5%) patients underwent PSG: 66 women and 12 men, mean age 48.6 years, standard deviation ±9.9 years. On the basis of the PSG, 31 (40.3%) patients were diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea, 7 (8.9%) patients with periodic limb movement disorder, 32 (41.0%) patients with restless legs syndrome and 54 (69.3%) patients had one or more other sleep disorder. All patients were grouped into those who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for ME/CFS (n = 55, 70.5%) and those who did not (n = 23, 29.5%). The latter group had significantly higher respiratory (P = .01) and total arousal (P = .009) indexes and a higher oxygen desaturation index (P = .009).

    Conclusions

    More than half of these chronic fatigue patients, who also have excessive daytime sleepiness and/or tiredness, were diagnosed with sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea, periodic limb movement disorder and/or restless legs syndrome. Patients with such complaints should undergo polysomnography, fill in questionnaires and be offered treatment for sleep disorders before the diagnose ME/CFS is set.

  • 48.
    Edin, Fredrik
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Liu, Wei
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Boström, Marja
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Magnusson, Peetra U.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Rask-Andersen, Helge
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Differentiation of human neural progenitor cell-derived spiral ganglion-like neurons: a time-lapse video study2014In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, E-ISSN 1651-2251, Vol. 134, no 5, p. 441-447Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Conclusions: Human neural progenitor cells can differentiate into spiral ganglion-like cells when exposed to inner ear-associated growth factors. The phenotype bears resemblance to human sphere-derived neurons. Objective: To establish an in vitro model for the human auditory nerve to replace and complement in vivo animal experiments and ultimately human in vivo transplantation. Methods: Human neural progenitors were differentiated under conditions developed for in vitro survival of human primary spiral ganglion culture with media containing growth factors associated with inner ear development. Differentiation was documented using time-lapse video microscopy. Time-dependent marker expression was evaluated using immunocytochemistry with fluorescence and laser confocal microscopy. Results: Within 14 days of differentiation, neural progenitors adopted neural phenotype and expressed spiral ganglion-associated markers.

  • 49.
    Edin, Fredrik
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Liu, Wei
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Li, Hao
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Atturo, Francesca
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Magnusson, Peetra U
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Clinical Immunology.
    Rask-Andersen, Helge
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    3-D gel culture and time-lapse video microscopy of the human vestibular nerve2014In: Acta Oto-Laryngologica, ISSN 0001-6489, E-ISSN 1651-2251, Vol. 134, no 12, p. 1211-1218Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    UNLABELLED: Abstract Conclusions: Human inner ear neurons have an innate regenerative capacity and can be cultured in vitro in a 3-D gel. The culture technique is valuable for experimental investigations of human inner ear neuron signaling and regeneration.

    OBJECTIVES: To establish a new in vitro model to study human inner ear nerve signaling and regeneration.

    METHODS: Human superior vestibular ganglion (SVG) was harvested during translabyrinthine surgery for removal of vestibular schwannoma. After dissection tissue explants were embedded and cultured in a laminin-based 3-D matrix (Matrigel™). 3-D growth cone (GC) expansion was analyzed using time-lapse video microscopy (TLVM). Neural marker expression was appraised using immunocytochemistry with fluorescence and laser confocal microscopy.

    RESULTS: Tissue explants from adult human SVG could be cultured in 3-D in a gel, indicating an innate potential for regeneration. Cultured GCs were found to expand dynamically in the gel. Growth cone expansion and axonal Schwann cell alignment were documented using TLVM. Neurons were identified morphologically and through immunohistochemical staining.

  • 50.
    Edvardsson Rasmussen, Jesper
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Laurell, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Rask-Andersen, Helge
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    Bergquist, Jonas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC, Analytical Chemistry.
    Eriksson, Per Olof
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery.
    The proteome of perilymph in patients with vestibular schwannoma: A possibility to identify biomarkers for tumor associated hearing loss?2018In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, E-ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 13, no 6, article id e0198442Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background Due to the surrounding bone, the human inner ear is relatively inaccessible and difficult to reach for cellular and molecular analyses. However, these types of investigations are needed to better understand the etiology, pathophysiology and progression of several inner ear disorders. Moreover, the fluid from the inner ear cannot be sampled for micro-chemical analyses from healthy individuals in vivo. Therefore, in the present paper, we studied patients with vestibular schwannoma (VS) undergoing trans-labyrinthine surgery (TLS). Our primary aim was to identify perilymph proteins in patients with VS on an individual level. Our second aim was to investigate the proteins identified at a functional level and our final aim was to search for biological markers for tumor-associated hearing loss and tumor diameter. Methods and findings Sixteen patients underwent TLS for sporadic VS. Perilymph was aspirated through the round window before opening the labyrinth. One sample was contaminated and excluded resulting in 15 usable samples. Perilymph samples were analyzed with an online tandem LTQ-Orbitrap mass spectrometer. Data were analyzed with MaxQuant software to identify the total number of proteins and to quantify proteins in individual samples. Protein function was analyzed using the PANTHER Overrepresentation tool. Associations between perilymph protein content, clinical parameters, tumor-associated hearing loss and tumor diameter were assessed using Random Forest and Boruta. In total, 314 proteins were identified; 60 in all 15 patients and 130 proteins only once in 15 patients. Ninety-one proteins were detected in at least 12 out of 15 patients. Random Forest followed by Boruta analysis confirmed that alpha-2-HS-glycoprotein (P02765) was an independent variable for tumor-associated hearing loss. In addition, functional analysis showed that numerous processes were significantly increased in the perilymph. The top three enriched biological processes were: 1) secondary metabolic processes; 2) complement activation and 3) cell recognition. Conclusions The proteome of perilymph in patients with vestibular schwannoma has an inter-individual stable section. However, even in a cohort with homogenous disease, the variation between individuals represented the majority of the detected proteins. Alpha-2-HS-glycoprotein, P02765, was shown to be an independent variable for tumor-associated hearing loss, a finding that needs to be verified in other studies. In pathway analysis perilymph had highly enriched functions, particularly in terms of increased immune and metabolic processes.

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