Chih-Feng Tai

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We present a case of polypoid sinusitis with maxillary sinus antrolith, which is composed of Aspergillus species. Unlike most muddy or necrotic fungal balls, this first reported fungal antrolith is solid and extremely hard. Aspergillus served as a central fungal nidus associated with long-standing sinusitis, and poor sinus drainage could be a possible(More)
A rhinolith is a stone that forms in the nose. It occurs as a result of the solidification of mucus and nasal debris by mineral salts, calcium, magnesium phosphate and carbonate. It can be seen on radiographs as a radiopaque object in the nasal fossa and may be confused with several pathologic entities that will call for more invasive surgical procedures.(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) is involved in the upper airway remodeling process. We hypothesized that genetic variants of the MMP-9 gene are associated with cases of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis. We conducted a case-control study where 203 cases of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis and 730 controls were enrolled. Three tagging(More)
Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) is involved in the upper airway remodeling process. We hypothesized that MMP had an additive effect on the formation of recurrent nasal polyp. We also investigated the association between the functional promoter polymorphism of MMPs and the intensity of labeling index. Expressions of MMP-2 and MMP-9 were assessed via(More)
BACKGROUND Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) is involved in the remodeling process of inflammatory airway diseases and is correlated with the severity of asthma. We hypothesized that MMP was associated with the severity of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNPs). We also investigated the effect of allergy on the expression of MMP in the polyp. (More)
The risks of betel quid chewing with or without tobacco, alcohol drinking and cigarette smoking have been well explored in the oral cavity but not in the pharynx and larynx. We conducted a case-control study to investigate the association of these three risk factors to cancers of the pharynx and larynx in Taiwan. A total cases of 148 pharyngeal cancer, 128(More)
OBJECTIVE Hypoxia may result in increased recruitment of inflammatory cells and release of various inflammatory cytokines. Local hypoxia within the sinus is believed to aggravate sinus inflammation. In this study, we tried to investigate the correlation of hypoxia-inducible factor, which is upregulated under hypoxic condition, and nasal polyposis. (More)
We present a reset-transition removal technique for four-phase burst-mode and extended burst-mode (BM/XBM) controllers, namely reshuffle the input and output bursts in a state by relocating them to its neighboring states. The illustrated examples of the reshuffled results demonstrate the improvement on the concurrency and the tradeoff as the consequence of(More)
Vitamin D and its derivatives have modulatory effects in immunological and inflammatory responses. Such properties suggest that they might have an impact on chronic inflammatory airway diseases, including nasal polyposis. The aim of this study was to understand the role of vitamin D in chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) by investigating its(More)