Denys John Loeffelbein

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Although it is known that innate immunity is important for protecting the body against foreign agents such as bacteria, little is known about elements of the innate immune system that have antitumor activity. This prospective study was designed to investigate the function of human beta-defensin 3 (hBD-3), an important component of the innate immune(More)
UNLABELLED Because of its higher soft-tissue contrast, whole-body integrated PET/MR offers potential advantages over PET/CT for evaluation of bone lesions. However, unlike PET/CT, PET/MR ignores the contribution of cortical bone in the attenuation map. Thus, the aims of this study were to evaluate the diagnostic performance of whole-body integrated(More)
BACKGROUND Early identification of flap failure is an indispensable prerequisite for flap salvage. Although many methods of free flap monitoring are available, there is still no single reliable non-invasive technique for early recognition of flap failure and for differentiation between arterial occlusion and venous congestion. The aim of this study was to(More)
This study evaluated the difference between female and male patients' perception of functional and aesthetic outcomes after mandibular reconstruction with free fibular flaps, the transplant of choice for defects exceeding the length of half a mandible or the simultaneous covering of a soft-tissue defect. Based on clinical records, 54 patients with a mean(More)
PURPOSE To simulate and optimize a MR protocol for squamous cell cancer of the head and neck (HNSCC) patients for potential future use in an integrated whole-body MR-PET scanner. MATERIALS AND METHODS On a clinical 3T scanner, which is the basis for a recently introduced fully integrated whole-body MR-PET, 20 patients with untreated HNSCC routinely staged(More)
The objective of the study was to find out if human amniotic membrane could be used for corrective surgery after trauma to the orbital wall. Because of its proposed antiadhesive qualities, it seemed to be potentially suitable. We studied 8 men (mean age 37 (range 19-74) years) who had deficient ocular movement after fractures of the orbital floor. Five of(More)
The TNM classification is used to assess cancers of the oral cavity, and advancements in imaging techniques have revealed clear variations in tumor volume at presentation. This study therefore aimed to clarify whether preoperative imaging, with exact measurements of the tumor, could affect post-surgery survival after controlling for demographic, clinical,(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs) are common and result in prolonged hospital stays, higher costs and increased mortality. However, data on the incidence and predictors of PPCs after major oral and maxillofacial surgery with microvascular reconstruction are rare. This retrospective analysis identifies perioperative risk factors for(More)
PURPOSE To review the current status and clinical effect of PET-MRI image fusion in the staging of head-and-neck cancer and to show its implications for imaging with future hybrid PET/MRI scanners. MATERIALS AND METHODS We reviewed the current literature in order to provide an overview of the potential of the combination of the anatomic and functional(More)
The radial forearm flap is a standard method for the reconstruction of intraoral defects of soft tissues. We report the case of a middle-aged man who developed ischaemia in three fingers after a fasciocutaneous radial flap had been raised. The preoperative Allen test to diagnose occlusion of radial or ulnar artery was satisfactory. Soon after the operation(More)