Karin M Petruson

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BACKGROUND The purpose of this prospective study was to evaluate whether a relationship exists between malnutrition (> or =10% weight loss) and health-related quality of life (HRQL) in patients with head and neck cancer and whether weight loss can be predicted with HRQL questionnaires. METHODS Weight and HRQL were monitored in 49 patients. HRQL was(More)
A treatment and follow-up study of 32 patients with juvenile nasopharyngeal angiofibroma (JNA) was performed at our clinic between 1974 and 1998. The majority had undergone surgery either via an antral approach or with a lateral rhinotomy. In the 1970s, surgery was combined with ligature of the external carotid artery and, since 1981, it has been combined(More)
BACKGROUND A longitudinal, prospective, case-control study evaluated if a psychosocial support program improved health-related quality of life (HRQL) in head and neck (H&N) cancer patients. METHODS One hundred forty-four H&N cancer patients were included: 52 study patients and 92 controls. The study group met the support team repeatedly throughout the(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate health-related quality of life (HRQL) in patients with oral tongue, tonsil, or base of tongue cancer in a prospective longitudinal study and explore correlations between HRQL scores and interstitial radiation dose, dose rate, and volume of implant. METHODS AND MATERIALS Ninety patients with oral tongue cancer (n=30) and tonsil or base(More)
The present study was undertaken to investigate whether vascular cells show insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I; somatomedin C) immunoreactivity under normal conditions and/or during angiogenesis in humans and animals, as the trophic peptide IGF-I is considered important for cell growth and differentiation. In adult animals normal blood vessels, i.e.,(More)
The distribution of somatomedin C (Sm-C; insulin-like growth factor I; IGF-I) immunoreactivity was examined in biopsies from three patients having the diagnosis neurofibromatosis established on clinical and histopathological criteria. All biopsies showed increased Sm-C immunoreactivity limited to areas with neurofibromas. Schwann cells, adjacent(More)
BACKGROUND In sensitized patients, coupling between IgE and FcepsilonRI receptors on mast cells leads to release of proinflammatory mediators and a subsequent influx of inflammatory cells to the affected organ. Omalizumab (Xolair; formerly rhuMAb-E25) binds to circulating IgE, thus preventing induction of the allergic process. OBJECTIVE We investigated(More)
BACKGROUND In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that mild systemic hypothermia influences platelet adhesion and aggregation and coagulation reactions. We wanted to test the hypothesis that mild local hypothermia in healthy volunteers with preserved core temperature increased bleeding time. A secondary aim was to evaluate if local cooling influenced whole(More)
The goal of this study was to investigate if the distribution of peptide growth factors in the human nasal mucosa could be correlated to its maintenance and to repair processes. Biopsy specimens from clinically healthy humans, aged 6 months to 70 years, were investigated immunohistochemically. In the intact human nasal mucosa, only scattered basal(More)
Nasal polyps from 15 patients were all found to express increased insulinlike growth factor I immunoreactivity. A hypothesis for the formation of nasal polyps is described: macrophages, seen in allergic and infectious reactions, produce and release growth factors, tentatively including insulinlike growth factor I. In enclosed paranasal sinuses this results(More)