G. W. Watters

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Seven patients with the typical clinical picture and muscle biopsy findings of classical Werdnig-Hoffmann disease showed Wallerian degeneration in their biopsied sural nerves. In dorsal root ganglia of one patient there were residual nodules and several chromatolytic neurons. By electron microscopy the changes of chromatolysis were confirmed and found to be(More)
The developmental changes in caffeine elimination were studied in 7 infants aged between 2 1/2 weeks and 6 months. Adult plasma clearance rate of caffeine was achieved at 3 to 4 1/2 months of age. Plasma half-life and elimination rate reached adult levels after 3 to 4 1/2 months and seemed to exceed adult capacity thereafter. No significant changes in(More)
Abnormalities in control of breathing have been associated with near-miss sudden infant death syndrome. Because caffeine is a respiratory stimulant, its effect on breathing pattern was evaluated in 12 infants with infantile apnea. Caffeine induced a significant increase in ventilation, tidal volume, and mean inspiratory flow. In contrast, no changes were(More)
Over a 12-month period 501 children (age range 11 months to 15 years) underwent surgery for a possible middle ear effusion. All had tympanometry performed within 2 h of surgery. The results of tympanometry were correlated with the surgical findings in 955 ears. A type-B tympanogram has a high sensitivity (0.91) in predicting middle ear effusion with good(More)
Two cases of papillary thryoid carcinoma presenting as a cystic lateral neck mass are reported. This tumour characteristically presents in patients under 40-years-old and in the presence of an occult primary tumour may mimic a branchial cyst. In such cases simple aspiration of the cyst will produce a chocolate-brown serous fluid which excludes the diagnosis(More)
There is a paucity of studies on patient-reported outcome measures in adult tonsillectomy. Our aim was to add to the body of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) evidence on adult tonsillectomy at a time when this intervention is being branded a low priority treatment in the United Kingdom (UK). We designed a prospective questionnaire study that was(More)
A series of 18 patients undergoing surgery for cerebellopontine angle tumors is reported. Patients were grouped according to size of tumor (0 to 2.5 cm, 11 cases; more than 2.5 cm, 7 cases). In all, the facial nerve was identified and conductance assessed by monitoring the facial electromyographic response to facial nerve stimulation. Postoperative facial(More)
With the increasing role of evidence-based medicine we, as ENT surgeons, are being asked more and more to justify the practice of grommet insertion in children with glue ear. The audiological improvement which follows this operation is often only moderate at best. When judged solely in terms of hearing improvement, one may miss the often dramatic all-round(More)