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BACKGROUND Some individuals are able to gain psychological benefits from illness and adversity, such as a greater sense of purpose and closer relationships, termed 'benefit finding' (BF). The main aim of this study was to explore the extent to which BF is reported in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). Secondary aims were to establish the(More)
BACKGROUND The single optical cylinders used in the osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP) are known to produce very small visual fields. Values of 40 degrees are typically quoted. The purpose of this paper is to present designs for new optical cylinders that significantly increase the field of view and therefore improve the visual rehabilitation of patients(More)
BACKGROUND Head and neck cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage and consequently radical treatment is necessary. The pretreatment phase is a time of high anxiety and depression for patients. This study aimed to investigate whether anxiety and depression are related to quality of life, coping styles, and dispositional optimism. METHODS One hundred and(More)
Traditional auscultation performed by the general practitioner remains problematic and often gives significant results only in a late stage of heart valve disease. Valve stenoses and insufficiencies are nowadays diagnosed with accurate but expensive ultrasonic devices. This study aimed to develop a new heart sound analysis method for diagnosing aortic valve(More)
PURPOSE To describe the vitreoretinal complications in a cohort of patients with osteoodontokeratoprosthesis (OOKP) and discuss surgical management. METHODS Review of notes of 35 OOKP cases performed at the Sussex Eye Hospital (Brighton, United Kingdom) between January 1999 and December 2005 was performed. RESULTS The overall incidence of vitreoretinal(More)
The osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP), although described over 40 years ago, remains the keratoprosthesis of choice for end-stage corneal blindness not amenable to penetrating keratoplasty. It is particularly resilient to a hostile environment such as the dry keratinized eye resulting from severe Stevens-Johnson syndrome, ocular cicatricial pemphigoid,(More)
PURPOSE To survey current knowledge of use of keratoprostheses for visual rehabilitation in the dry eye. METHODS Sections deal with: (1) when a keratoprosthesis is indicated; (2) classification of keratoprostheses; (3) the osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP), its history, indications and contraindications, patient assessment, surgical technique, results(More)
Actinomycosis is a suppurative and often chronic bacterial infection most commonly caused by Actinomyces israelii. It is rare in dental practice. In the case reported the patient presented to his general dental practitioner complaining of a loose upper denture. This was found to be due to an actinomycotic infection which had caused extensive destruction and(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to report the use of mitomycin-C (MMC) in the treatment of mucous membrane overgrowth in eyes with osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP). METHODS Records of 4 cases with mucous membrane overgrowth after stage 2 OOKP surgery were reviewed. RESULTS All the patients had undergone a mucous membrane trimming procedure(More)