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Chronic inflammation seems to induce alterations in nasal mucosa morphology. The type and extent of these alterations seem to be directly correlated with the duration of the inflammation. This study was carried out to ascertain whether the administration of muco-active drugs could modify these alterations by inducing their total or partial regression. Ten(More)
We evaluated the effects of urban air pollutants on human nasal mucosa over an 8-month period on 102 subjects living in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. A group of subjects living in a city with a lower level of pollution (Sassari, Sardinia, Italy) was also analyzed. Nasal mucosa cells were harvested by brushing, a noninvasive procedure. Half of the cells were(More)
Primary cancer of the subglottic region is very rare and delay in diagnosis often leads to a poor prognosis. We retrospectively reviewed 49 patients with primary cancer of the subglottic larynx observed from 1969 to 1993 in the ORL Clinic of the University of Florence. This number constitutes 1.6% of all laryngeal cancers observed during this period. Four(More)
The postoperative course was evaluated for 458 consecutive patients, all over the age of 56 years, who had undergone laryngeal conservation surgery in the last 10 years. One hundred seventy-one patients aged 66 and over made up the "elderly" group and 287 patients, aged between 56 and 65 years formed the control group. It was confirmed that cordectomy and(More)
BACKGROUND An accessory ovary is an uncommon congenital anomaly of the female reproductive tract. Tumors arising in ectopic ovaries are extremely rare. CASE This 18-year-old woman had a pelvic tumor attached to the right ovary which was solid cystic and lobulated and histologically and immunohistochemically showed the appearances of sclerosing stromal(More)
Ablation of the larynx implies withdrawal of afferent information from receptors involved both in the control of expiratory flow and in the genesis of protective airway reflexes including coughing. To investigate the effects of laryngectomy on the sensory and motor component of coughing, maximal voluntary cough (MVC) efforts as well as the reflex cough (RC)(More)
To date only few and often disagreeing studies about human nasopharynx are available. The present research has the purpose to give a contribution to the knowledge of nasopharyngeal epithelium using S.E.M. The study was carried out on biopsies taken from 20 healthy volunteers. The surface of nasopharynx is covered by ciliated cells, microvilli provided cells(More)
The histologic variety of parotid gland carcinomas, their different natural history, and the peculiar anatomy of the parotid region can make prognosis and therapeutic strategy quite controversial. The present study was designed to evaluate those prognostic factors able to affect the long-term results in a group of 167 consecutively treated parotid(More)