Liam J. Skinner

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Splenic rupture is a rare but potentially fatal complication of infectious mononucleosis. Athletes returning to contact sports following infectious mononucleosis are at potential risk of splenic rupture secondary to abdominal trauma. No clear consensus exists as to when it is safe to allow these athletes to return to contact sports. Suggested periods of(More)
The Internet is a vast information resource for both patients and healthcare professionals. However, the quality and content often lack formal scrutiny, so we examined the quality of patient information regarding tinnitus on the Internet. Using the three most popular search engines (,, and, we found pertinent Web sites using the(More)
Argon plasma coagulation (APC) is based on the principle of ionized argon creating a conductive plasma between an activating electrode and a tissue surface. To date, its use in tonsillectomy has not been extensively examined. The purpose of this randomized controlled trial was to assess the clinical efficacy of APC as a tool for this common surgical(More)
Tonsillar tissue is a component of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT), which has evolved to protect vulnerable mucosal surfaces. Helicobacter pylori, implicated as an aetiological factor in duodenal ulcers and gastritis, induces the appearance of lymphoid aggregates (MALT) in the stomach. This organism is cytotoxic via a nitric oxide synthase cascade.(More)
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak following VS removal is a challenging complication. With experience, it can be seen that anatomical factors such as the extent of pneumatization of the petrous temporal bone and posterior wall of the internal auditory canal play an important role in contributing to CSF leak. Nevertheless, the risk of post-operative CSF leak(More)
The phenomenon of multicentricity in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma affects survival rates. We evaluated the use of panendoscopy/triple endoscopy and, in particular, the place of bronchial washings in the initial staging assessment of head and neck tumours. In a prospective panendoscopic study, a second primary rate of 4.8 per cent was discovered.(More)
Flow cytometry has been validated as an objective method of demonstrating and quantifying micrometastases. Micrometastases within bone marrow indicate a poor prognosis in patients with upper gastrointestinal, colorectal and breast epithelial tumours. We prospectively sought to assess the feasibility of testing rib marrow for bone marrow micrometastases in(More)
OBJECTIVES To demonstrate a potentially life-threatening complication following tonsillectomy in a diabetic patient and discuss the possible pathogenesis. METHODS Case report and review of the world literature concerning parapharyngeal abscess post-tonsillectomy. CASE REPORT A 20-year-old female patient underwent an uneventful tonsillectomy following a(More)