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2010 AAO-HNSF new research daily highlights: Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010
Date:9/29/2010

esearchers revealed that only 0.2 percent of all adults with OSA annually, as OSA surgery is common and costly. Variations in cost and procedure type related to selected patient and hospital factors provide a potential opportunity for practice standardization.

Robotic OSAHS Surgery: Do the Ends Justify the Means?
Presenters: Claudio Vicini, MD; Filippo Montevecchi, MD; Giulia Tenti; Pietro Canzi, MD
Time: 10:10 am
Location: Room 257

Boston, MA A retrospective study was done on 40 severe OSAHS adult patients surgically treated by means of the DaVinci Robotic Platform (tongue base reduction and supraglottoplasty) during the last 18 months in a tertiary care center.

In a presentation at the 2010 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Boston, researchers discussed the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of a robotic approach (DaVinci Platform) to tongue base surgery in OSAHS patients.

The final results of the study proved that OSAHS TORS proved to be a feasible safe and effective surgical approach to OSAHS.

Systematic Investigation of Caffeine Ingestion on Voice
Presenter: Elizabeth Erickson, MS
Time: 11:23 am
Location: Room 252

Boston, MA Moderate caffeine intake is not detrimental to phonation in healthy speakers. Speakers who do not present with overt voice disorders or hoarseness may effectively utilize homeostatic mechanisms to regulate systemic fluid levels and maintain optimal voice.

In a presentation at the 2010 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Boston, researchers studied 16 adults (equal males and females) in a double-blinded, placebo-controlled investigation. Eight participants with a history of professional voice training (M_6.7 years) and eight matched controls completed two sessions: caffeinated and decaffeinated. Following consumption of caffeinated or decaffeinated beverages, clinical voice measures (phonation threshold pressure and vocal effort
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