Michael W Allegretto

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BACKGROUND Positron emission tomography (PET) with 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is routinely performed for investigating suspected lung cancers. Despite the known potential for false-positive FDG uptake in the head and neck, most suspicious lesions on FDG-PET are investigated. METHODS Between October 2002 and January 2010, FDG-PET/PET-computed tomography(More)
BACKGROUND Meticulous hemostasis is a critical and often time-consuming step of safe thyroid surgery. The LigaSure system (Valleylab, Boulder, CO) is a diathermy hemostasis method that fuses vessel walls to form a collagen seal. Previous studies have shown reduced operative times in thyroidectomy using the LS system. The primary objective of the study was(More)
Histoplasma capsulatum is a dimorphic fungus endemic to North America. Histoplasmosis is primarily an inhalation-acquired mycosis that is encountered rarely outside of endemic regions. In nonendemic regions, histoplasmosis may present a diagnostic challenge and both clinical and laboratory vigilance are required to accurately identify infection. Unusual(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of once-daily lansoprazole in the typical globus pharyngeus patient, who presents with a normal head and neck examination and without other sinister otolaryngologic complaints. STUDY DESIGN Prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. SETTING Outpatient otolaryngology office practice. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the presentation, workup, and functional outcomes of adult patients diagnosed with lingual thyroid treated by transoral subtotal excision. These results were then used to formulate a management algorithm. DESIGN Retrospective chart review (2001-2008). SETTING Tertiary care academic hospital. PATIENTS All patients diagnosed with a(More)
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES The cure rates for advanced head and neck cancer patients have not changed substantially in the past few decades. Most disease recurrences are local or regional and are likely due to residual microscopic disease or intraoperative wound contamination. We developed a murine model of wound implantation with microscopic disease to(More)
OBJECTIVE To review the operative morbidity and the overall length of survival following medialization thyroplasty for unilateral vocal cord paralysis (UVCP) due to advanced extralaryngeal malignancy. DESIGN Retrospective review. SETTING Tertiary care laryngology practice. METHOD All cases of medialization thyroplasty over a 3-year period were(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a new surgical procedure for adductor spasmodic dysphonia (AddSD). This surgery involves the bilateral selective division of the adductor branches of the recurrent laryngeal nerves with immediate reinnervation of the distal nerve trunks with branches of the ansa cervicalis (selective(More)
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