Elizabeth C Pearce

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OBJECTIVES The population-level incidence of vocal fold paralysis after thyroidectomy for well-differentiated thyroid carcinoma (WDTC) is not known. This study aimed to measure longitudinal incidence of postoperative vocal fold paralyses and need for directed interventions in the Medicare population undergoing total thyroidectomy for WDTC. STUDY DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVE Determine whether intratympanic (IT) dexamethasone, when given on an as needed basis, can successfully control Ménière's disease (MD) symptoms in a large percentage of patients and allow them to avoid ablative therapies. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective chart review. SETTING Tertiary medical center. PATIENTS One hundred fifty-nine patients met the(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Rehabilitation of the bilaterally paralyzed human larynx remains a complex clinical problem. Conventional treatment generally involves surgical enlargement of the compromised airway, but often with resultant dysphonia and risk of aspiration. In this retrospective study, we compared one such treatment, posterior cordotomy, with unilateral(More)
OBJECTIVE Surgical specialty trips to third world countries have been praised and criticized. Our objective was to learn the usefulness of a yearly head and neck surgery trip through initial analysis of 2 years of patient data. METHODS We reviewed data from a prospectively maintained repository of surgical patients treated during head and neck surgical(More)
OBJECTIVE We tested the hypothesis that the ophthalmology microscalpel, compared to standard incisional instruments, causes less trauma during incisions resulting in decreased inflammation and greater tensile strength of wounds. STUDY DESIGN Prospective animal study. SETTING Animal laboratory. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Thirty-four Sprague-Dawley rats(More)
Among the impoverished population of coastal Kenya, there is a rapidly growing group of young single mothers who suffer from adverse health outcomes, incomplete schooling, social ostracism by their communities, and economic hardship. To address this problem, in 2008 the Single Mothers Program (SMP) selected a group of vulnerable single mothers, provided(More)
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