Mark E Izzard

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BACKGROUND Chemoradiotherapy for treatment of advanced head and neck cancer (HNC) is used to achieve organ preservation without compromising survival. Because chemoradiotherapy usually impacts adversely on nutritional and functional status, feeding by percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is often part of the management regimen for these patients, but(More)
BACKGROUND Venous anastomotic failure is the primary reason for microvascular free tissue transfer failure. Donor and recipient veins can be oriented in the same longitudinal axis (end-to-end anastomosis), or the donor vein can be anastomosed to the internal jugular vein in an end-to-side configuration. No consensus on the optimal anastomosis configuration(More)
OBJECTIVES Trismus is a common adverse effect of tumor extension or treatment for those with head and neck malignancy. Physical therapy is the mainstay of treatment, but many patients still fail to maintain adequate mouth opening. Coronoidectomy is a treatment option for those with trismus, and the purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of(More)
Acinic cell carcinoma is an uncommon malignancy of the salivary glands and as such it has been difficult to accurately delineate its natural history. The aim of this study is to assess the behaviour of acinic cell salivary cancer of the parotid gland presenting to a single head and neck surgical unit in Auckland. The study is a structured review of cases of(More)
Three cases of occult metastatic thyroid carcinoma presenting with neurological deficits are reviewed. In each case the patient's initial presentation was with symptoms of neurological deficiency secondary to a spinal cord compression. All patients received a combination of surgery, external beam radiotherapy and postoperative thyroxine treatment. Two of(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW The supraclavicular artery island flap is a rotation flap that offers a versatile reconstructive option for head and neck defects. Recent anatomical studies have improved our understanding of the vascular supply of the supraclavicular artery island flap. Furthermore, several published large series describe the utility and reliability of(More)
BACKGROUND Chylous fistula is an uncommon complication of lower neck dissection. If untreated, it can lead to severe electrolyte disturbance, fluid, and protein loss and ultimately threaten skin flaps and vital structures. Conservative management aims to decrease chyle volume by replacing long-chain triglycerides (LCTs) with medium-chain triglycerides in(More)
UNLABELLED OBJECTIVES/HYPHOTHESIS: Surgical volumes have been shown in many fields to reflect expertise and to be associated with improved clinical outcomes. We sought to test similar hypotheses that neck dissection is a volume-sensitive procedure wherein the number of lymph nodes harvested and clinical outcomes are correlated with the number of neck(More)
BACKGROUND Recognized prognostic indicators for metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the head and neck include facial nerve involvement, immune status, and "parotid" staging system (P-stage). We sought to examine the impact of lateral temporal bone resection (LTBR) on prognosis. METHODS We conducted a retrospective analysis of 160(More)
BACKGROUND Human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas (OPSCC) are clinically, epidemiologically and prognostically distinct from other OPSCCs. The incidence of HPV-related OPSCCs has increased significantly worldwide over the past few decades. However, no studies of OPSCC with direct molecular HPV testing has been conducted in(More)