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Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery
Clinical Reference Guide

Edited by: Theodore R. McRackan, Derald E. Brackmann
593 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 4.5 x 8"
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Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery: Clinical Reference Guide is a comprehensive guide designed for rapid clinical review. Written in a concise and approachable outline format, this text provides a condensed amount of high-yield information. This clinically relevant resource is organized into 12 sections that are broken down into their most important and fundamental parts by chapter, with key topics such as anatomy and embryology, hearing loss, cochlear implantation, skull base tumors, vestibular disorders, and pediatric otology.

Formatted like the bestselling "Pasha" (Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery) pocket guide, this text serves as both a study resource for qualifying exams and a portable reference guide. Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery can be used by otolaryngology residents on their neurotology rotations, neurotology fellows throughout their training, and otologists and neurotologists looking for a portable reference guide that covers the entire breadth of the field. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists will also benefit from having a convenient reference guide to better understand their patients' diagnoses.

Key features include:

  • Contributions by leaders in the field
  • Tabs for each section for quick access
  • Key terms and notes in bold and italics

From the Foreword

"This remarkable text, edited by Drs. McRackan and Brackmann, is a significant addition to our armamentarium of references in the field of otology, neurotology, and skull base surgery. The chapters are well-written and encompass the scope of the subspecialty. Each author is a well-recognized expert in their field and the format of the chapters by outline is extremely easy to follow. It is an outstanding reference for residents, fellows, and practicing otolaryngologists as well as neurotologists. The text is simplistic and easily addresses any question that may arise in the mind of the reader. This is clearly a reference guide. No attempts have been made to increase the prose to describe the topics, but that is not to say that the key issues are hard to assess using the format. The editors are to be commended in formulating a text that is extremely user-friendly to the reader. In these days where the majority of information we seek is available on the Internet, this particular book will be a completely different offering that will be a welcome addition to anyone’s library."

--Harold C. Pillsbury, MD
Professor and Chief
Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Liam M Flood FRCS FRCSI, Journal of Laryngology and Otology (August 8, 2015):
    "...Just for once, this is a pocket book that might just fit into one’s jacket. It is indeed a handy reference guide...The multi-author (a Who’s Who of US Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery) text provides 55 chapters, ranging from the first, the History of this speciality, to the last one, intriguingly entitled, “On the Horizon”..."

  • Joshua M. Sappington, MD and Moses A. Arriaga, MD, MBA, Otology & Neurotology, Vol. 37, Issue 5 (June 2016):
    "Overall, ''Otology, Neurotology, and Skull Base Surgery: Clinical Reference Guide'' is a very well done text that fills its intended role of being a quick reference for otology, neurotology, and skull base surgery. We would recommend it to senior residents with an interest in otology and neurotology, or neurotology fellows, and those who desire a quick reference for qualifying exams. For medical students and junior residents, it can serve as a guide for in-depth study and a quick reference for clinical discussions on rounds or surgery."

Foreword by Harold C. Pillsbury, MD
About the Editors

Section I. History of Neurotology

Chapter 1. History of Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery

Lawrence R. Lustig

Section II. Embryology Anatomy Physiology

Chapter 2. Embryological Development of the Ear

Theodore R. McRackan and George B. Wanna

Chapter 3. Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory System

Gregory J. Basura and Steven A. Telian

Chapter 4. Anatomy and Physiology of the Vestibular System

Gregory T. Whitman and Timothy C. Hain

Section III. Evaluation

Chapter 5. The Neurotologic Examination

Stanley Pelosi

Chapter 6. Hearing Assessment

René H. Gifford

Chapter 7. Vestibular Testing

Yuri Agrawal

Chapter 8. Intra-Operative Monitoring

Christopher K. Giardina and Oliver F. Adunka

Section IV. Common Otologic Symptoms

Chapter 9. Tinnitus

Theodore R. McRackan and John C. Goddard

Chapter 10. Otalgia and Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Jason A. Beyea and Aaron C. Moberly

Section V. Hearing Loss

Chapter 11. Congenital and Genetic Hearing Loss

Seiji B. Shibata and Richard J. Smith

Chapter 12. Otosclerosis

Felipe Santos and Michael J. McKenna

Chapter 13. Presbycusis

Simon I. Angeli

Chapter 14. Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Brian S. Chen and William M. Luxford

Chapter 15. Traumatic Injuries to the Ear

Bradley W. Kesser

Chapter 16. Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease

M. Jennifer Derebery

Chapter 17. Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

David S. Haynes and Jacob B. Hunter

Chapter 18. Ototoxicity

Joseph T. Breen and Jeffrey T. Vrabec

Chapter 19. Rare Causes of Hearing Loss

Oliver F. Adunka and Craig A. Buchman

Section VI. Otologic Infections

Chapter 20. Otitis Externa

Theodore R. McRackan and Marc L. Bennett

Chapter 21. Otitis Media

Sujana S. Chandrasekhar

Chapter 22. Cholesteatoma

Brendan P. O’Connell and Ted A. Meyer

Chapter 23. Petrous Apicitis and Intracranial Infection

Anthony Myint, Joel Lavinsky, John L. Go and Rick A. Friedman

Section VII. Hearing Rehabilitation

Chapter 24. Hearing Aids

Monica M. Andriacchi and John W. House

Chapter 25. Implantable Hearing Devices

Sohit Kanotra and Moises A. Arriaga

Chapter 26. Cochlear Implants

Robert F. Labadie

Chapter 27. Auditory Brainstem Implants

Daniel S. Roberts and Eric P. Wilkinson

Section VIII. Skull Base Disorders

Chapter 28. Skull Base and Intracranial Anatomy

C. Eduardo Corrales and Robert K. Jackler

Chapter 29. Vestibular Schwannoma

Theodore R. McRackan and Derald E. Brackmann

Chapter 30. Meningiomas

Colin L. W. Driscoll

Chapter 31. Neurofibromatosis Type II

Brian S. Chen and William H. Slattery III

Chapter 32. Stereotactic Radiosurgery in Neurotology

P. Ashley Wackym, Andrew Y. Kee and Norman Jed Schroeder

Chapter 33. Temporal Bone Malignancy

Paul W. Gidley

Chapter 34. Jugular Foramen Lesions

Theodore R. McRackan and James L. Netterville

Chapter 35. Lesions of the Cerebellopontine Angle and Petrous Apex

David R. Friedmann, J. Thomas Roland, Jr. and Sean O. McMenomey

Chapter 36. Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks and Encephaloceles

Jeffrey D. Sharon and Howard W. Francis

Chapter 37. Complications from Neurotologic Surgery

Marc S. Schwartz

Section IX. Vestibular Disorders

Chapter 38. Bedside Vestibular Evaluation

Evan Graboyes and Joel Goebel

Chapter 39. Meniere Disease

Cameron C. Wick, Maroun T. Semaan and Cliff A. Megerian

Chapter 40. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Judith A. White

Chapter 41. Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence Syndrome

Heather M. Weinreich and John P. Carey

Chapter 42. Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuronitis

Edward I. Cho

Chapter 43. Vestibular Migraine

Michael Thomas Teixido

Chapter 44. Non-Otologic Causes of Dizziness

Timothy C. Hain and Marcello Cherchi

Chapter 45. Vestibular Therapy

Elizabeth Grace Georgelos

Section X. Facial Nerve

Chapter 46. Embryology and Anatomy of the Facial Nerve

Matthew L. Carlson and Alex D. Sweeney

Chapter 47. Electrodiagnostic Testing of the Facial Nerve

Joseph P. Roche and Marlan R. Hansen

Chapter 48. Acute Facial Nerve Palsy

Joseph P. Roche and Bruce J. Gantz

Chapter 49. Primary Facial Nerve Tumors

Alejandro Rivas and Theodore R. McRackan

Chapter 50. Facial Nerve Rehabilitation

Caroline A. Banks and Tessa A. Hadlock

Section XI. Pediatric Otology

Chapter 51. Hearing Loss Syndromes

Lourdes Quintanilla-Dieck and Steven Goudy

Chapter 52. Congenital Aural Atresia

Paul R. Lambert

Section XII. Other Otologic Considerations

Chapter 53. Otologic Manifestations of Systemic Disorders

J. Eric Lupo

Chapter 54. External Auditory Canal Lesions

Elliott D. Kozin and Daniel J. Lee

Chapter 55. On the Horizon

Justin S. Golub and Ravi N. Samy


About The Editors

Theodore R. McRackan

Dr. Theodore R. McRackan is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the Medical University of South Carolina. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed his otolaryngology residency at Vanderbilt University.

Derald E. Brackmann

Dr. Derald E. Brackmann attended college and medical school at the University of Illinois. He served in the United States Air Force in California and then completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of Southern California, where he is clinical professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and neurological surgery.

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