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BACKGROUND To date, no report has discussed endoscopic thyroidectomy using the oral vestibular approach (ETOVA). The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility, safety, efficacy, and cosmetic results of endoscopic thyroidectomy involving this surgical approach. METHODS Twenty-four patients with benign thyroid nodules were randomized into the(More)
MicroRNAs are members of the family of noncoding small RNAs that regulate gene expression either by inhibiting mRNA translation or by promoting mRNA degradation at the posttranscriptional level. They play an important role in the differentiation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into neurons. However, the role of microRNAs in this process(More)
OBJECTIVE Use systematic review methods to quantify the association between prostatitis and prostate cancer, under both fixed and random effects model. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION Case control studies of prostate cancer with information on prostatitis history. All studies published between 1990-2012, were collected to calculate a pooled odds ratio. SELECTION(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect and cosmetic results of endoscopic thyroidectomy (ETE) via the areola approach for patients with thyroid diseases. A total of 1,250 patients with thyroid diseases underwent ETE via the areola approach between April 2005 and January 2011. Of these, 898 were benign goiters, 260 were Graves’ disease, 28 were(More)
BACKGROUND Natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES(®); American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy [Oak Brook, IL] and Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons [Los Angeles, CA]) is gaining interest because it allows operations without skin incisions. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility, safety, and(More)
In this study, the levels of soluble delta-like ligand 1 in cerebrospinal fluid and serum of 50 patients with tuberculous meningitis, 30 patients with viral meningitis, 20 patients with purulent meningitis and 40 subjects without central nervous system disease were determined using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The mean levels of soluble delta-like(More)
A technique has been developed to obtain simultaneous tomographic images of temperature and species concentration based on line-of-sight (LOS) diode laser absorption spectroscopy. Multiple LOS measurement paths divide the combustion zone into an M × N grid. With the assumption of uniform distribution around the grid intersection points, spatial(More)
Optical fringes constitute one of the major obstacles in the gas detection based on wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS). In order to suppress optical fringes, a convenient method of modulation index optimization was presented, using the signal-fringe ratio as a criterion. In addition to suppressing optical fringes, the optimized modulation index(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the diagnostic value of Delta-like 1 ligand (DLL1) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and serum, in tuberculous meningitis (TBM). METHODS Patients with a definite diagnosis of central nervous system infection (TBM, viral meningitis/encephalitis or bacterial meningitis) were prospectively enrolled alongside patients with intracranial(More)
This study was aimed at exploring the feasibility and strategies of laparoscopic thyroidectomy for treatment of substernal goiter via areola approach. A retrospective analysis was conducted to investigate 15 cases of laparoscopic resection of substernal goiter via the areola approach (laparoscopic group) and 12 cases of open resection of substernal goiter(More)