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In this study a flow cytometric technique for detecting cytoplasmic perforin (P) has been used to quantify age-related changes in perforin expression in human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL). Proportions of P+ lymphocytes increased after birth, but declined rapidly after the age of 70 years. This was true for both T cells and CD16(+) and CD56(+) natural(More)
Water influences skin inflammation of the external auditory canal. The common term for this illness is "swimmer's ear". Contributory factors are length of exposure to water, type of water and water pollution. The aim of the study was to compare risks for contracting the disease between patients with different exposure to swimming pool water. A retrospective(More)
AIM To define phenotypic characteristics of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) and natural killer cells (NK) in peripheral blood, frequency of somatic symptoms, and level of anxiety and depression in 25 patients clinically diagnosed with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). METHODS Patients were divided into two sub-groups according to the stressor:(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare sequelae of chronic tubotympanal disorders in children with and without gastroesophageal reflux (GER). MATERIAL AND METHODS In 32 patients with chronic tubotympanal disorders GER was studied by means of 24-h continuous esophageal pH monitoring. After a period of 2-6 years (mean 4 years) sequelae of the tubotympanal disorders were(More)
This retrospective study analyses the outcome of treatment of 61 patients with advanced carcinoma of the pyriform fossa. Thirty-two patients (group 1) underwent surgery and postoperative radiotherapy and 29 patients (group 2) had induction chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy. The local recurrence-free survival at 5 years from the completion of therapy for(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether a patient with a serious defect of the tympanic membrane (TM) will be able to dive after surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS The authors describe three patients who were divers with serious defects of the TM (more than 75% of TM). In all three cases, cartilage palisade tympanoplasty was used to reconstruct the TM. RESULTS Six(More)
OBJECTIVE   We sought to evaluate the effects of awareness of rhinomanometric results on subjective sensation of nasal breathing in patients after septoplasty. DESIGN   Prospective randomised study. SETTING   Clinical Hospital Rijeka. PARTICIPANTS   A study of 60 patients (45 M, 15 F) who underwent septoplasty was performed at the ENT Clinic, Clinical(More)
Juvenile angiofibromas are benign fibro-vascular tumours of the nasopharynx that develop in prepubertal and adolescent males. Typical symptoms are longstanding unilateral nasal obstruction occasionally followed by epistaxes and frequent severe intraoperative haemorrhage of the discovered mass. We report the case of a 14-year-old boy histologically diagnosed(More)
AIM To evaluate the importance of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) protein overexpression and gene amplification in carcinogenesis of glottic cancer. METHOD In order to evaluate EGFR expression at protein and gene level, immunohistochemical (IHC) analysis and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) were performed on tissue microarrays of laryngeal(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine minimum airflow rate required for olfactory stimulation in successfully rehabilitated laryngectomised patients after learning the polite yawning technique (PYT) and to confirm the hypothesis that sense of smell is rehabilitated once the nasal airflow is re-established. DESIGN Prospective open interventional trial. SETTING(More)