• Ectopic olfactory neuroblastoma: report of four cases and a review of the literature.

      Wormald, R; Lennon, P; O'Dwyer, T P; Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, The Mater Misericordiae Hospital, 70 Eccles Street, Dublin, Ireland. (2011-04)
      Our objective is to present a short series of four rare cases of ectopic olfactory neuroblastoma. Our methods present four case reports of ectopic olfactory neuroblastoma and a review of the literature for management and treatment of this disease. The results indicate short case series reports of ectopic olfactory neuroblastoma arising from the anterior ethmoidal sinuses, the nasopharynx, the lateral nasal wall and the floor of the nose. The discussion focuses on likely origins of ectopic olfactory neuroblastoma, its clinical features and management. We conclude that ectopic olfactory neuroblastoma is a rare disease. Treatment principles are the same for non-ectopic disease and guided by extension into adjacent structures such as the orbit or anterior cranial fossa and usually involves surgery with or without adjuvant radiotherapy.
    • Pulmonary abnormalities on high-resolution CT demonstrate more rapid decline than FEV1 in adults with cystic fibrosis.

      Judge, Eoin P; Dodd, Jonathan D; Masterson, James B; Gallagher, Charles G; Department of Respiratory Medicine, St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. (2006-11)
      FEV1 may remain stable while high-resolution CT (HRCT) appearances deteriorate in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). However, spirometry results commonly decline in older age groups.
    • Saturday night palsy or Sunday morning hangover? A case report of alcohol-induced Crush Syndrome.

      Devitt, Brian M; Baker, Joseph F; Ahmed, Motaz; Menzies, David; Synnott, Keith A; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Eccles Street, Dublin 7, Ireland. (2011-01)
      Saturday night palsy is a colloquial term given to brachial plexus injuries of the arm resulting from stretching or direct pressure against a firm object, often after alcohol or drug consumption. In most circumstances, this condition gives rise to a temporary plexopathy, which generally resolves. However, if the compression is severe and prolonged, a more grave form of this condition known as 'Crush Syndrome' may occur. Skeletal muscle injury, brought about by protracted immobilization, leads to muscle decay, causing rhabdomyolysis, which may in turn precipitate acute renal failure. This condition is potentially fatal and has an extremely high morbidity. The case presented below demonstrates the drastic consequences that can result following an episode of 'binge' drinking in a young man. What is most concerning is that this trend is increasing across society and cases like this may not be as rare in the future.
    • What do you think of us? Evaluating patient knowledge of and satisfaction with a psychiatric outpatient service.

      Jabbar, F; Casey, P; Schelten, S L; Kelly, B D; Department of Adult Psychiatry, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, University College Dublin, 62/63 Eccles Street, Dublin 7, Ireland. (2011-03)
      This study aimed to measure patient satisfaction with the care they were receiving; examine patients' knowledge of the psychiatric services in general; and identify variables associated with satisfaction.