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BACKGROUND Recent researches revealed that class III beta-tubulin (TUBB3) is a prognostic marker in various tumors and role of TUBB3 in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is not defined yet. We analyzed the significance of TUBB3 expression along with p53 and ERCC1 in locally advanced HNSCC patients receiving cisplatin-based induction(More)
BACKGROUND It is evident that the rate of thyroid cancer is increasing throughout the world. One reason is increased detection of preclinical small cancers. However, it is not clear whether the increase in thyroid cancer rate is reducing the extent of thyroid surgeries. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the thyroid cancer rate and analyze recent(More)
BACKGROUND Free cancer cells can be spilled out from exposed tumors or ruptured tumors. We examined the cytocidal effect of various irrigation fluids on free cancer cells in an animal wound model mimicking head and neck surgery. METHODS Cancer cell-contaminated wounds were made with C3H/HeJ mice and syngeneic squamous cell carcinoma (SCC VII) cells.(More)
BACKGROUND This study aimed to analyze the temporal changes of the clinicopathologic characteristics, and the long-term outcomes, of various types of anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) and poorly differentiated thyroid cancer (PDTC). METHODS A retrospective analysis was conducted on patients with ATC and PDTC who were treated from 1985 to 2013. The outcome(More)
BACKGROUND We collected rare cases of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) undergoing malignant transformation. We sought to identify human papillomavirus (HPV) subtypes in areas of papilloma, dysplasia, and carcinoma and investigate the pattern of protein overexpression. METHODS Three patients whose disease underwent malignant transformation from(More)
The accuracy of 18F-fluorodeoxygluocose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) in predicting immediate failure after radical chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for HNSCC is poorly characterized at present. The purpose of this study was to examine PET/CT as a predictive and prognostic gauge of immediate failure after CRT and determine the impact of(More)
BACKGROUND Pyriform sinus fistula is a rare brachial pouch anomaly. However, it is difficult and risky to remove the fistula tract completely. Circumferential chemocauterization of the internal opening with trichloroacetic acid (TCA) for pyriform sinus fistula is simple, reproducible, reliable, and causes less morbidity. The aim of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Although ultrasound is regarded as the first choice imaging modality for evaluating a pediatric neck mass, neck computed tomography (CT) is necessary for urgent surgical conditions such as deep neck infections. Our aim was to evaluate the diagnostic effectiveness of and proper patient selection for neck CT as a method for the initial evaluation(More)
INTRODUCTION Nonsurgical treatments, such as sclerotherapy have been attempted for head and neck lymphagiomas. Of the available sclerosing agents, picibanil has shown satisfactory short-term treatment results in many studies, but no study has presented long-term treatment results. Accordingly, in the present study, the authors retrospectively reviewed the(More)
BACKGROUND Several researchers have observed that cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors display anticancer effects only at higher concentrations than doses that block COX-2 activity in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cells. METHODS To better understand the exact anticancer mechanism of COX-2-inhibitors, we compared the effects of pharmacologic(More)