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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)
AIM To describe the experience of using electron beam tomography (EBT) in imaging of osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP) to identify early bone and dentine loss which may threaten the viability of the eye. METHODS Seven patients with an OOKP in one eye underwent EBT. The OOKP lamina dimensions were measured on EBT and compared to the manual measurements(More)
AIMS To report the long-term results of osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP) surgery in the visual rehabilitation of patients with corneal blindness from end-stage inflammatory ocular surface disease. METHODS A non-comparative retrospective case series of 36 consecutive patients treated at the National OOKP referral centre in Brighton, UK, between(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)
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 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)
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 To assess the use of serial computed tomography (CT) in the detection of osteo-odonto-lamina resorption in osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP) and to investigate the use of new volumetric software, Advanced Lung Analysis software (3D-ALA; GE Healthcare), for detecting changes in OOKP laminar volume. METHODS A retrospective assessment of the(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)