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PURPOSE To assess the significance of sclerotic-appearing cricoid and arytenoid cartilage with computed tomography (CT) in patients with laryngeal carcinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS CT scans obtained in 75 patients with laryngeal carcinoma were prospectively studied; laryngeal CT studies obtained in 50 patients without laryngeal carcinoma were(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS In patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), temporary electrical stimulation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) increases LES pressure without interference with LES relaxation. The aim of the current study was to investigate the safety and efficacy of long term LES electrical stimulation therapy (LES-EST), using a(More)
We report the correlation between blood eosinophilia obtained by chamber count, percent in peripheral blood and the resulting value of this percent by the total number of leukocytes, together with the nasal and sputum eosinophilia and basophils in blood, in 57 asthmatic patients. Seventeen of them were on treatment with systemic steroids. We found blood(More)
Electrical stimulation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) has been shown to improve outcomes in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) at 2 years. The aim of the study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of LES stimulation in the same cohort at 3 years. GERD patients with partial response to PPI, with % 24-h esophageal pH < 4.0 for >5(More)
Membranous laryngotracheobronchitis is a very serious infection which affects the larynx, trachea and bronchi, requiring aggressive therapeutic measures. It has been recently rediscovered as a cause of disease in children. However, it is a very unusual complication of measles. Two infants with measles and membranous laryngotracheobronchitis are reported.
We presented 21 patients with fixed drug eruptions. All of them had positive provocation tests, showing the usefulness of this test for diagnosis. The lesions appeared on the skin or mucous membranes within 20 min. to 10 hours, after an oral provocation test with a sub-therapeutic dose. In those cases where we performed the basophil degranulation test, they(More)
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