John Kong Sang Woo

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PURPOSE Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is highly prevalent in southern China and characterized by a strong association with EBV. We aimed to detect EBV DNA and cancer-related gene promoter hypermethylation in nasopharyngeal (NP) brushing samples and provide a novel noninvasive approach for NPC detection. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Twenty-eight NPC cases and 26(More)
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is an Epstein-Barr virus-associated disease with high prevalence in Southern Chinese. Using multiparametric flow cytometry, we identified significant expansions of circulating naïve and memory CD4+CD25(high) T cells in 56 NPC patients compared with healthy age- and sex-matched controls. These were regulatory T cells (Treg), as(More)
PURPOSE To compare the accuracy of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with that of the current clinical standard of endoscopy and endoscopic biopsy, to determine whether MR imaging depicts subclinical cancers missed at endoscopy and endoscopic biopsy, and to determine whether MR imaging can identify patients without nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) who do not(More)
Using 21 microsatellite polymorphic markers spanning both p and q arms, we have performed detailed deletion mapping on chromosome 9 in 18 primary nasopharyngeal carcinomas. All 18 tumors were informative at multiple loci. Eleven of the 18 cases (61%) demonstrated allelic deletion of chromosome 9. Among these 11, 6 cases are likely to be tumors with monosomy(More)
Congenital laryngeal cysts are a rare cause of neonatal upper airway obstruction which may lead to serious morbidity and mortality if diagnosis and treatment are delayed. We reviewed our experience with nine patients over a six-year period. The annual incidence of this condition was 1.82 per 100,000 live births. The diagnosis can be confirmed safely by(More)
We have recently reported that inactivation of the p16 gene by mutation and deletion is common in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). The present study demonstrates that hypermethylation of the 5' CpG island can serve as an alternative mechanism for inactivation of the p16 gene in this tumor. Using Southern blotting analysis and multiplex PCR, aberrant(More)
The etiological role of concha bullosa in chronic sinusitis is controversial. Previous investigators have not studied the relationship between the location of concha bullosa and different chronic sinusitis patterns We performed coronal paranasal sinuses CT in 100 Chinese patients with signs and symptoms of chronic sinusitis and recorded the presences and(More)
The results of a retrospective study of 22 patients with inverted papillomas resected by the endoscopic approach are presented with a follow-up of 33 to 96 months. Twenty-one patients had unilateral disease and one patient had bilateral involvement. None of the patients had orbital or cranial extension. One patient had synchronous carcinoma in situ. Eight(More)
There are many animal models for studying allergic rhinitis. However, they either need a too long establishment period or fail to show significant late allergic responses. In the model described in this paper, guinea pigs were sensitized and challenged intranasally with ovalbumin according to a modified protocol. As controls, antihistamine-treatment and(More)
Over a 6.5-year period, 5,848 patients who had ingested a foreign body were admitted to the ENT unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong. Potentially serious complications developed in 12 patients (0.21%). Eight patients had an esophageal perforation; three had clinical evidence that their injury had been caused by the foreign body itself and five(More)