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An outbreak of post-rhinoplasty nasal cellulitis due to Mycobacterium chelonae in a secondary care centre is described. A case-control study demonstrated that the use of inadequately sterilized surgical equipment in the Otorhinolaryngology Department was a risk factor. The causal organism was cultured from the equipment, from the surface of the operating… (More)
The distribution of the fat tissue in the subcutaneous layer is described. Since it has specific characteristics in each region of the human body, careful evaluation of the distribution before selecting patients for surgery is necessary. The subcutaneous tissue after an operation frequently demonstrates a thick and hard fibrosis which is evidence that… (More)
The PaeLife project is a European industry-academia collaboration whose goal is to provide the elderly with easy access to online services that make their life easier and encourage their continued participation in the society. To reach this goal, the project partners are developing a multimodal virtual personal life assistant (PLA) offering a wide range of… (More)
The author describes an abdominoplasty emphasizing preparation of the abdominal flap, reinforcement of the muscular aponeurotic wall, treatment of the excess of cutaneous tegument, and careful handling of the umbilicus. He makes three umbilical flaps which are alternately stitched to three other flaps originating on the abdominal wall, which result in a… (More)
The author describes his fat-suction technique for the treatment of abdominal adiposity. He stresses the importance of the proper selection of patients prior to surgery and the indications for such surgery, analyzing especially the accumulation of subcutaneous adiposity and muscular flaccidity. He divides surgical techniques into four separate groups:… (More)
Currently available speech recognisers do not usually work well with elderly speech. This is because several characteristics of speech (e.g. fundamental frequency, jitter, shimmer and harmonic noise ratio) change with age and because the acoustic models used by speech recognisers are typically trained with speech collected from younger adults only. To… (More)
Large speech corpora with word-level transcriptions annotated for noises and disfluent speech are necessary for training automatic speech recognisers. Crowdsourcing is a lower cost , faster-turnaround, highly scalable alternative for expert transcription and annotation. In this paper, we showcase our three-step crowdsourcing approach motivated by the… (More)
The author presents a clinical classification of fat-suction cases in which treatment of excessive adiposity of the face and neck is discussed. Selection of the patient is a very important preoperative procedure. Fat suction is performed only on the adipose tissue lying between the skin and the platysma muscle and is not indicated for fat lying below the… (More)
The author treated 146 cases of congenital external ear deformities, proposing their classification into four groups: anotia, microtia, macrotia, and prominent ears. The importance of a normal appearing ear in the overall facial harmony and contour is emphasized and reconstructive techniques to accomplish this are described.
A technique for reconstruction of the ear in patients with acquired deformities is described. The auricular framework is excavated using rib cartilage and embedded through a subcutaneous tunnel undermined on the mastoid region. Carefully applied dressings are necessary for a successful result.