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BACKGROUND The lack of standardized procedures of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) during thyroid operations may lead to highly variable results, and many of these results can cause misleading information and, conversely, increase the risk of recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) injury. Therefore, standardization of IONM procedures is necessary. METHODS A(More)
During recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) neuromonitoring in thyroid surgery, laryngeal electromyography (EMG) amplitude may be correlated with the number of muscle fibers participating in the polarization and these might be correlated with the function of RLN. If RLN is severely injured during the operation, most nerve fibers do not transmit nerve impulse and(More)
UNLABELLED The literature reports persistent cognitive impairments in patients with bipolar disorder even after prolonged remission. However, a majority of studies have focused only on bipolar I disorder (BP-I), primarily because bipolar II disorder (BP-II) is often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed. More attention should be paid to the differences between(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to investigate the longitudinal changes in quality of life (QoL) for patients with advanced stage (stage III or IV) head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) following primary radiotherapy (RT) or concomitant chemoradiotherapy. METHODS From January 2001 to January 2003, 149 patients with advanced HNSCC were(More)
OBJECTIVE This prospective cohort study investigated the impact of Helicobacter pylori infection on the development of various gastric malignancies. METHODS We prospectively followed up 1,225 dyspeptic Taiwanese who had nonulcer dyspepsia, gastric ulcers, or duodenal ulcers at enrollment. Among them, 618 (50.4%) had H. pylori infection and 607 (49.6%) did(More)
PURPOSE To review the response to radiation therapy for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with portal vein thrombosis (PVT) and determine the factors favoring its efficacy. METHODS AND MATERIALS Patients with HCC and PVT referred for radiation therapy between 1997 and 2005 were retrospectively reviewed. Patients who had undergone treatment to primary HCC(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE To investigate the test-re-test reliability of the Conners' Continuous Performance Test II (CCPT) and Digit Vigilance Test (DVT) in persons with chronic stroke. METHODS AND PROCEDURES Thirty-nine persons with stroke participated in this study. The participants were twice administered both the CCPT and DVT over a 1-week interval. (More)
PURPOSE The study analyzed the prognostic factors of quality of life (QoL) for patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) after treatment, with focusing on the therapeutic benefits of the technological advances in radiotherapy (RT). MATERIALS AND METHODS A cross-sectional investigation was conducted to assess the QoL of 356 NPC patients with cancer-free(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) of nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) patients with cancer-free survival after treatment and to investigate the factors correlated with their HR-QOL. METHODS AND MATERIALS One hundred eighty-two NPC patients with cancer-free survival of more than 2 years after treatment were enrolled in the study.(More)