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BACKGROUND To assess the prevalence, severity and morbidity of dysphagia following concurrent chemoradiation for head and neck cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients who underwent chemotherapy and radiation for head and neck malignancies were evaluated for their ability to resume oral feeding following treatment. Modified barium swallow (MBS) studies were(More)
Breast biopsy samples were examined with Raman spectroscopy with laser wavelengths ranging from 406 to 830 nm. A combination of a single-stage spectrograph, band reject filter, and CCD detector permitted low laser powers and minimal risk of sample radiation damage. Spectra of formalin-fixed human tissue revealed Raman features for lipids and carotenoids.(More)
Raman spectra of histologically normal human breast biopsy samples were compared to those exhibiting infiltrating ductal carcinoma (IDC) or fibrocystic change. Experiments at 784 nm with CCD detectors reduced fluorescence interference and produced high SNR spectra with relatively low (10-200 mW) laser power. Sample to sample and patient to patient variation(More)
Our aim was to identify risk factors for aspiration following concurrent chemoradiation for oropharyngeal cancer. 46 patients with locally advanced oropharyngeal carcinoma underwent concurrent chemoradiation at our institution. All patients underwent modified barium swallow to assess dysphagia severity and to determine the need for continued tube feedings(More)
Our aim was to assess the influence of age, co-morbidity factors and tumour characteristics on dysphagia severity in the diagnosis of head and neck cancer. Modified barium swallow (MBS) examinations were performed in patients at diagnosis of head and neck cancer. Dysphagia was graded on a scale of 1 to 7 of increasing severity. Between 2000 and 2006, 236(More)
BACKGROUND Five years ago, we presented 19 procedures employing two intrastromal purse-string sutures to treat hyperopic shift following radial keratotomy. Thirty-four additional procedures and longer follow-up are now presented detailing the task of rehabilitating these eyes. METHODS Fifty-three eyes of 53 radial keratotomy patients who were unhappy with(More)
STUDY DESIGN A surgical technique for primary closure of postoperative subfascial infections is described. OBJECTIVES To describe the methods and indications for the use of the interconnected latissimus dorsi-gluteus maximus flap. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Closure of subfascial postoperative infection can be complicated by soft tissue defects and(More)