Abstract: Bell’s Palsy is the most common cause of facial nerve paralysis. Recent clinical studies have suggested that the causative feature may be a long term thickening of the facial nerve sheath in the mastoid air cell system. Computed Tomography (CT) can easily identify the diameter of the vertical facial nerve in the mastoid [...]
Abstract: Postoperative infection following rhinoplasty is rare but can have detrimental effects on patient outcomes. Although routine use of postoperative antibiotics after rhinoplasty is a widely accepted practice, there is limited data on whether its use in preventing postsurgical complications is efficacious. This retrospective study will involve a medical record review of patients who [...]
Prospective evaluation of patients with spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leak Peter MacIntosh, MD; Dmitry Balian, MD; Stephanie Joe, MD; Konstantin Slavin, MD; Chanannait Paisansathan, MD; Victoria Lee, MD
Background: Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a syndrome of high intracranial pressure of unclear cause. There is increasing evidence associating the presence of idiopathic intracranial hypertension with the incidence of spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks. Objective: Evaluate the association of idiopathic intracranial hypertension and spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid leaks using a novel institutional diagnostic protocol [...]
Development of an institutional prospective sinonasal outcomes database Raktima Dasgupta, BS, MA; Victoria S. Lee, MD
Background: There is a need to prospectively collect outcomes data on patients with sinonasal pathology. Such a database is extremely useful as it provides a continuously expanding resource for research projects and data mining. Objective: To develop a REDCap sinonasal outcomes database to prospectively collect standardized clinical outcomes information on patients presenting to UIC [...]
Imaging evaluation for surgical planning Amanda Allen, MD; Burce Ozgen, MD; Stephanie Joe; Victoria Lee, MD
Background: It is important from a surgical planning standpoint to continue identifying anatomic variants on imaging that have relevance to surgical planning. In our experience, certain variants are commonly seen but underreported in the literature, and this is the focus of these research efforts. Objective: To evaluate specific anatomic characteristics on imaging important for [...]
Sinopulmonary Conditions and COVID-19: Association, Impact and Beyond Sharmilee Nyenhuis, MD; Kamal Eldeirawi, PhD, RN; Victoria Lee, MD
Background: In the US, African Americans and Latinos are overrepresented among cases of and deaths from COVID-19. Minority communities may be more susceptible to severe forms of COVID-19 because of existing disparities in underlying conditions. Sinopulmonary conditions (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obstructive sleep apnea, chronic sinusitis, and allergic rhinitis), which are exacerbated by [...]
Social determinants of health associated with healthcare utilization for sinonasal conditions Farhan Salman; Victoria Lee, MD
Background: There are social disparities in morbidity and mortality for sinonasal conditions. Identifying the contributing factors to these disparities is critical so they can be addressed. Objective: To identify if certain social determinants of health are associated with specific healthcare utilization patterns for sinonasal conditions.
Background: Viral upper respiratory infections can progress to sinusitis and contribute to sinonasal symptom exacerbations, resulting in significant morbidity. Objective: To characterize the immune response of various sinonasal cell types when exposed to viral upper respiratory pathogens.
Topical probiotic sinus irrigations for the treatment of recalcitrant chronic rhinosinusitis Amy De La Torre; Raktima Dasgupta, BS, MA; Omar Perez, PhD, PharmD; Victoria Lee, MD
Background: Infections in CRS may be related to a decrease in native and an increase in pathogenic bacteria. Topical probiotics outcompete pathogenic bacteria via a variety of mechanisms, including creating suboptimal environmental conditions, competing for cell surface receptors and thus limiting pathogen adherence, and producing antibacterial metabolites. In doing so, topical probiotics can restore [...]
Background: Hearing loss is a significant health burden in the United States with approximately 15% of American adults (18 years old and greater) reporting at least some trouble hearing. Sensorineural hearing loss is also the third leading cause of disability worldwide. Cochlear implants are often the best treatment for this disability. Determining cochlear implant candidacy [...]