Haim Gavriel

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BACKGROUND Today, obstructive hypertrophic tonsils are completely resected to remove the obstruction. Since tonsillar tissue has important protective characteristics, it is more logical to resect only the obstructive tonsillar tissue and leave remnants in the tonsillar beds, thereby presuming to preserve the immunological function of the tonsillar tissue.(More)
Severely stenosed radiation-induced benign strictures around the level of cricopharyngeus post-radical chemoradiation for head and neck or upper esophageal cancers pose significant management problems. We report our technique of bidirectional assessment and dilatation of pharyngoesophageal strictures in patients with an in situ percutaneous endoscopic(More)
The article discusses the usefulness and technique of investigation of suspected psychogenic dysphagia by surface electromyography (sEMG) of deglutition. Thirty-two patients with suspected psychogenic dysphagia (Group 1) and 40 healthy individuals (Group 2) were involved in the study. The timing, amplitude and graphic patterns of activity of the masseter,(More)
OBJECTIVE The article discusses the usefulness and investigation technique of suspected malingering dysphagia/odynophagia by surface electromyography (sEMG) of deglutition. METHODS Forty patients with suspected malingering dysphagia (group 1), 40 patients with dysphagia/odynophagia due to tonsillectomy (group 2), and 40 healthy individuals (group 3) were(More)
Microbiologic studies are routinely performed in the assessment of peritonsillar abscess (PTA). Though the bacterial growth rates of PTA are expected to be uniform due to high accessibility and reasonable sterility, they demonstrate a vast range of results, which is partially explained by the differing culturing methods and incubation times. Our aim was to(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS Immunosuppression in organ transplant recipients increases the incidence and aggressiveness of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma. However, there are little clinical data on cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in patients with immunosuppression due to chronic lymphocytic leukemia. In this study we evaluated the clinical features, patterns(More)
Head and neck mucosal melanoma (MM) is a rare and aggressive neoplasm, with high rates of local, regional, and distant failure. Owing to the small size of most reported series and their retrospective nature, and the lack of uniform comprehensive staging system, the effect of various treatment strategies on disease control and survival has been difficult to(More)
No conclusive data are available regarding the influence of the microbial content of a peritonsillar abscess (PTA) on the development of recurrence. We conducted the current study to evaluate the effect of microbiologic growth on the recurrence rate of PTA and the need for tonsillectomy. Of 469 patients with PTA, 295 patients who underwent bacteriologic(More)
BACKGROUND Fine-needle aspiration biopsy has been well established as a diagnostic technique for selecting patients with thyroid nodules for surgical treatment, thereby reducing the number of unnecessary surgical procedures in cases of non-malignant tumors. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and positive and negative predictive(More)
Otitis media (OM) has numerous presentations in children. Together with conventional medical therapies aimed to prevent and/or treat OM, a rising number of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatment options can be offered. Since OM is common in children, parents may ask healthcare professionals about possible CAM therapies. Many physicians feel(More)