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PURPOSE The use of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) in patients undergoing resection for oral tumors is not universal, and varying complication rates have been reported. This study reviews our experience with the use of a PEG as an adjunct in this setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS The records of patients treated for oral tumors by oral and(More)
PURPOSE The outcome of management strategies for the treatment of oral cancer has always been in terms of disease-specific survival. Modern assessment of outcome now also includes assessment of quality of life (QOL). Little has been done previously in Australia to assess the QOL of patients treated primarily by surgery for oral cancer. MATERIALS AND(More)
Malaria control, except in tropical Africa, will probably continue to be based to a large extent on the use of insecticides for many years. However, the development of resistance to insecticides in the vectors has caused serious difficulties and it is necessary to change the strategy of insecticide use to maximize their efficacy. A thorough knowledge of the(More)
PURPOSE Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) has now become an important outcome measure in the assessment of patients treated for oral cancer. We summarize the influence of various factors in the treatment of oral cancer on HRQOL after surgery. METHODS A review of the current literature was carried out. RESULTS Site-specific assessment of HRQOL(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether the treatment of oral leukoplakia with potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP) lasers versus CO(2) lasers results in lower recurrence rates. MATERIALS AND METHODS Retrospective data were collected from the records of 30 patients (mean age 75.6 years) with 35 primary oral leukoplakia who had their lesions ablated by KTP laser, and 45(More)
Laser therapy has been a favoured treatment regime for oral leukoplakia since the mid 1980s. There is no information in the literature regarding factors affecting outcomes in patients with oral leukoplakia. Forty-three patients (mean age 60.3+/-13.6 years) with 73 primary oral leukoplakia were assessed for outcome and factors affecting survival. Dysplastic(More)
Little is known regarding disease-specific cumulative survival and factors affecting survival in Australian populations with oral squamous cell carcinoma. Kaplan Meier and Cox proportional hazards models were used to determine survival factors in 116 consecutive patients treated surgically at a single institution. Overall 5-year disease-specific survival(More)
BACKGROUND Little has been written about mouth hygiene measures during the immediate postoperative phase in patients with oral cancer. Mouth hygiene not only involves the care and maintenance of the dentition and its related structures, but also the maintenance of surgical sites, reconstructive techniques such as free flaps and generally keeping the mouth(More)
Dry socket, or alveolar osteitis, can occur because of the removal of teeth. No clear etiology has been acknowledged; however, numerous risk factors have been proposed and tested. We report on the results of a prospective, multicenter study of the incidence and factors affecting the occurrence of alveolar osteitis at the Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne(More)