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Re-operative thyroid surgery is a relatively uncommon procedure complicated by distorted anatomy and post-operative tissue changes. Surgery may follow initial benign or malignant pathology. Published outcomes vary widely in the literature. This study aims to report our outcomes from re-operative thyroid surgery. Patient demographics and complication rates(More)
CONTEXT Pituitary tumor-transforming gene (PTTG) is a multifunctional protein involved in several tumorigenic mechanisms, including angiogenesis. PTTG has been shown to promote angiogenesis, a key rate-limiting step in tumor progression, by up-regulation of fibroblast growth factor-2 and vascular endothelial growth factor. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether(More)
Differentiated thyroid cancers are the most common endocrine cancers, but there are no reliable molecular markers of prognosis. Pituitary tumor transforming gene (PTTG) plays several potential roles in tumor initiation and progression, including regulating mitosis and stimulating expression of fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-2. Increased expression of PTTG(More)
CONTEXT Thyroid nodules and goiter are common, and fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) is the first investigation of choice in distinguishing benign from malignant disease. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to assess whether simple clinical and biochemical parameters can predict the likelihood of thyroid malignancy in subjects undergoing FNAB. (More)
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma is a disease with a remarkable racial and geographical distribution. In most parts of the world it is a rare condition and in only a handful of places does this low risk profile alter. These include the Southern Chinese, Eskimos and other Arctic natives, inhabitants of South-East Asia and also the populations of North Africa and(More)
BACKGROUND Review of the literature reveals considerable variability in the definitions and criteria used for reporting postoperative hypocalcemia. The lack of standardization prevents a meaningful comparison of results and performance locally with the national standard. It also prevents the pooling of data when performing meta-analysis, and may affect the(More)
Genetic instability (GI) is a hallmark feature of tumor development. Securin, also known as pituitary tumor transforming gene (PTTG), is a mitotic checkpoint protein which is highly expressed in numerous cancers, is associated with tumor invasiveness, and induces GI in thyroid cells. We used fluorescence inter-simple sequence repeat PCR to assess GI caused(More)
AIMS No randomised trials have addressed the use of external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) in the treatment of differentiated thyroid cancer. The indications for EBRT, the technique and recommended dose all remain controversial. MATERIALS AND METHODS We included patients treated with EBRT with curative intent from two cancer centres between 1988 and 2001. Data(More)