Nora F. Nugent

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STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of persistent postsurgical pain (PPSP) and its influence on functional status, and to examine associations between PPSP and single nucleotide polymorphisms of the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene and the guanosine triphosphate cyclohydrolase 1 (GCH1) gene following mastectomy and reconstruction. DESIGN(More)
Deletion of chromosome 22q11 gives rise to a spectrum of anomalies, including cleft palate. These are grouped together as the DiGeorge or velocardiofacial syndrome. Patients with this chromosomal abnormality account for a small, but noteworthy proportion of patients attending our cleft service. They frequently have other significant comorbidities consistent(More)
The myopathy associated with vitamin D deficiency has not been well characterized, and it is not known if weakness is a result of a specific effect of vitamin D deficiency on skeletal muscle. Chicks were raised from hatching on a vitamin D-deficient diet, and by 3 wk of age were hypocalcemic and appeared weak. Tension generated by triceps surae during(More)
OBJECTIVE Power lawnmowers can pose significant danger of injury to both the operator and the bystander, from direct contact with the rotary blades or missile injury. Our objective was to review our experience with paediatric lawnmower-associated trauma, and the safety recommendations available to operators of power lawnmowers. METHODS The patient cohort(More)
AIM Biliary imaging has decreased since the advent of laparoscopic cholecystectomy. This study aimed to examine the incidence of retained common bile duct (CBD) stones, using a selective policy of biliary imaging. METHODS A prospective computerised database was used to study patients who underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy by one surgeon over 36(More)
Glomus tumours are benign, soft tissue tumours, usually of fingertips. Classically they present with severe pain, temperature sensitivity and localised tenderness. The diagnosis is often delayed due to sometimes non-specific symptoms and rarity of the disorder. While usually a clinical diagnosis, imaging may be necessary for diagnosis and localisation. We(More)
We describe the use of a free medial sural artery perforator flap to reconstruct a complex composite defect to the dorsum of the right index finger following a low voltage electrical injury. The resulting defect was a 3.5 × 5 cm full thickness wound, with segmental tendon loss and loss of underlying periosteum. Due to both size and local vascular injury(More)
BACKGROUND Sentinel node radiolocalisation procedures are associated with low levels of radiation exposure. Radioactive material is present in the operating theatre and pathology laboratory. In most hospitals there are no official regulations in place for sentinel node radiation exposure. AIM To establish guidelines on the safety of sentinel node mapping(More)