Rahul K Shah

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OBJECTIVE Intracapsular tonsillotomy continues to gain acceptance as an alternative to traditional tonsillectomy. Despite large clinical studies, there is a lack of consensus as to which technique offers lower complication rates. This study seeks to analyze the available data and surmise the complication rates of partial tonsillectomy as compared with(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia has long been viewed as a rare condition. Recent evidence indicates that the disorder is more frequent than previously thought. Recalcitrant epistaxis is a salient feature of this disease, and the otolaryngologist is often called on to make the diagnosis and guide the primary management of patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a preliminary classification system for errors in otolaryngology. METHODS A retrospective, anonymous survey was distributed to 2,500 members of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). Respondents were asked whether an error had occurred in their practice in the last 6 months, and if so, to describe the(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study were to describe otolaryngologists' emotional reactions to errors and adverse events, their efforts to take responsibility, and their attempts to implement improvements. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS A retrospective, anonymous survey of 2,500 U.S. otolaryngologists who were members of the American Academy of(More)
OBJECTIVE To review national trends in the management of pediatric airway foreign bodies (A-FBs) and esophageal foreign bodies (E-FBs) that obstruct the airway. DESIGN Retrospective review using a national pediatric data set (Kids' Inpatient Database). SETTING Pediatric patients admitted across the United States during 2003. PATIENTS The Kids'(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS To study national trends, variances, and outcomes in patients admitted with epiglottitis in the United States. We hypothesize that the incidence of epiglottitis has decreased, mortality has decreased, and that there has been a shift toward older patients being admitted with epiglottitis. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective review of a dataset(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the epidemiology, natural history, and treatment of epiglottitis in the Hemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine era. DESIGN Ten-year retrospective study. SETTING Tertiary-care children's hospital. PATIENTS Nineteen patients with a discharge diagnosis of epiglottitis. INTERVENTION As indicated by the presentation of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the scope of wrong-site sinus surgery. STUDY DESIGN Electronic mail survey. SETTING E-mailed via the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery's weekly newsletter. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Members were asked about wrong-site sinus surgery in an 11-item survey. RESULTS A total of 455 members responded (response rate(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine polysomnographic (PSG) variables that may potentially predict adverse respiratory events after pediatric adenotonsillectomy. DESIGN Retrospective, case-control study. SETTING Free-standing academic tertiary-care pediatric hospital. PATIENTS The study included 1131 patients undergoing adenotonsillectomy by 2 attending surgeons.(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS To gather qualitative and semiquantitative information about catastrophic complications during and following tracheotomy. STUDY DESIGN National survey distributed to American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery members via the Academy weekly email newsletter during April and May 2011. METHODS A total of 478 respondents(More)