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Faculty of Medicine and Life SciencesUniversity of TampereFaculty of Medicine and Life Sciences

Otorhinolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Markus Rautiainen
tel . +358 (0)40 190 1497

Clinical lecturers:

Ilkka Kivekäs

Leena Pöyhönen


Jussi Laranne

Juha Silvola  (Oslo)

Markku Sipilä

Juha-Pekka Vasama

Postdoctoral researchers:
Elina Halme
Jura Numminen

PhD students:
Argyro Bizaki, Jyri Myller, Leena Pöyhönen, Rami Taulu, Teemu Harju, Hilkka Liitsola, Saara Markkanen,
Saara Sillanpää, Kati Härkönen, Miia Pöyhönen, Jaana Ilomäki, Lassi Raittinen, Anna-Maria Weitz-Tuoretmaa


Main research projects

New technologies in rhino surgery

The aim of this research project is study both objective and subjective outcome of new minimal invasive techniques in rhino surgery. The main interest is in sinus surgery and the quality of life measures as well as in the recovery of mucociliary clearance of paranasal sinuses and mucosal inflammation. The results of new less invasive surgical techniques and balloon sinuplasty are compared with conventional endoscopic sinus surgery. One substudy of this project is balloon dilatation of Eustachian tube as a treatment of adult patients suffering from otitis media with effusion or atelectatic tympanic membrane due to the Eustachian tube dysfunction. In addition to patient related outcome also new objective methods to evaluate the outcome are developed. In this porject we collaborate with Prof. Dennis Poe  (Harward university) and  Prof. Klaus Vogt (Germany),

Life style intervention in patients with overweight and obstructive sleep apnea

The aim of this project is to investigate the pathogenesis of OSA by examining the upper airway anatomy and function and evaluate the effect with radiological methods the upper airway anatomy and function of OSA is compared in patients and healthy controls.  The project try to determine more accurate guidelines for examining OSA patient and choosing the most effective treatment option based on the findings.

Cochlear implantation

Otology team has two research projects. In the first project the team aims to find new and extended indications for cochlear implantation in adults. The project also evaluates the impact of cochlear implantation on working ability, quality of life and hearing and balance. The second project focuses on children. The efficacy of a new hearing screening test in newborn babies and the balance function after unilateral cochlear implantation in children are largely evaluated. The focus of these projects is to find out the new indications for binaural implantation in adults at working age and how to evaluate the outcome after implantation.

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