Liam J Skinner

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Tonsil remnants are a problematic outcome in a subset of patients undergoing tonsillectomy. Treatment options are rarely discussed in the literature. This is the first description of the use of argon plasma coagulation (APC) in this setting. APC is based on the principle of ionised argon gas creating a conductive plasma between an activating electrode and a(More)