Elizabeth K Hoddeson

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We have developed an assay of thrombin generation in clotting whole blood. Because our goal was to study patients with red blood cell diseases that are associated with thrombosis, the initial evaluation of this assay analysed the effect of the haematocrit and haemolysate on the total amount of thrombin activity generated and the maximal concentration of(More)
OBJECTIVE Limited data exist with respect to the current prevalence of indications for tonsillectomy in adults. We sought to determine the indications for adult tonsillectomy and to identify factors associated with postoperative complications. METHODS The medical records of 361 adult patients who underwent tonsillectomy from 2001 to 2007 were reviewed. (More)
BACKGROUND Epithelial permeability is highly dependent upon the integrity of tight junctions, which are cell-cell adhesion complexes located at the apical aspect of the lateral membrane of polarized epithelial cells. We hypothesize that sinonasal epithelial exposure to Der p 1 house dust mite antigen decreases expression of tight junction proteins (TJPs),(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is an inflammatory upper-airway disease with numerous etiologies. Patients with a characteristic subtype of CRS, allergic fungal rhinosinusitis (AFRS), display increased expression of T helper 2 (Th2) cytokines and antigen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE). Various sinonasal inflammatory conditions are associated with(More)
Traditional descriptions of type I hypersensitivity and its manifestations center on systemic immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated reactions to inciting antigens. Hence, many current diagnostic and therapeutic measures are based on systemic skin testing for allergy, systemic pharmacotherapy, and immunotherapy. Recent developments in rhinology and pulmonology,(More)
BACKGROUND Prolonged healing and persistent inflammation following surgery for rhinosinusitis impacts patient satisfaction and healthcare resources. Cytokines interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, and IL-13 are important mediators in T-helper 2 (Th2) inflammatory rhinosinusitis. Decreased wound healing has been demonstrated with Th2 cytokine exposure, but this has not(More)
Gunshot wound injuries to the face result in a varied scope of traumatic injuries. Mandible fractures may occur through this mechanism of injury, however when caused by firearms, the patterns of fracture and overall composite defects resulting are unique. The velocity of the weapon and the distance from which the injury occurred often determines the extent(More)
A multitude of potential etiologies exist for rhinitis and rhinosinusitis. These sinonasal disorders are heterogeneous entities that are best understood by evaluating the causative factors in each individual patient. More precise diagnosis permits accurate and effective treatment. The association of allergy with sinonasal symptoms has been described for(More)
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