Biofilms and the Upper Respiratory System: The Continuous Interaction

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Talal Alandejani (Editor)
University of Ottawa, and Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario

Series: Bacteriology Research Developments
BISAC: SCI006000

Biofilms result as a consequence from free-floating bacteria, which when adhere to surfaces form very complex communities with unique characteristics. Due to the special characteristics of biofilms, they have been widely studied and have become one of the main etiologies for chronic and recurrent infections. The upper respiratory system is in constant interaction with free-floating bacteria in the environment. At the same time, bacteria have easy access to the upper respiratory system making this system one of the easy targets for bacteria to form biofilms and thus cause a significant amount of morbidity and disease to the human race. This book discusses the formation, development, properties and also the latest treatment options for biofilms in the upper respiratory tract. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

 

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ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION

THE CONTINUOUS INTERRACTION: BIOFILMS AND THE URT

BIOFILMS IN THE UPPER RESPIRATORY TRACT

CHRONIC RHINOSINUSITIS

OTITIS MEDIA

CHOLESTEATOMA

ADENOID DISEASE

TONSILLITIS

BIOFILMS ASSOCIATED WITH IMPLANTS AND PROSTHESIS

COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

TYMPANOSTOMY TUBES

SPEECH VALVE PROSTHESES

CAN WE BEAT THESE BIOFILMS

CONCLUSION

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