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A prospective study was performed on 45 patients for an assessment of the use of computed tomography (CT) in the management of a suspected esophageal fish bone or chicken bone. All patients had negative findings on laryngoscopy; therefore, pharyngeal and hypopharyngeal foreign bodies were excluded from further consideration. The patients underwent(More)
BACKGROUND Mast cells (MCs) and eosinophils (Eos) are the key effector cells of the allergic reaction. Although classically associated with different stages of the response, the cells co-exist in the inflamed tissue in the late and chronic phases in high numbers and are likely to cross-talk. While some mediators of MCs are known to affect Eos biology and(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the routine use of packing or local hemostatic agents in endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS). METHODS Packing and/or hemostatic agents were used only when necessary in 100 consecutive adult ESS patients in a tertiary academic hospital. Necessity for packing the nose after excessive bleeding was analyzed in(More)
Laryngotracheal trauma may result in lifelong complications or even death if diagnosis or treatment is delayed. Emergency room physicians, trauma surgeons, anesthesiologists, and especially otolaryngologists should maintain a high level of awareness of and suspicion for laryngotracheal trauma whenever a patient presents with multiple trauma in general or(More)
Head and neck cancer patients treated by radiation commonly suffer from a devastating side effect known as dry-mouth syndrome, which results from the irreversible loss of salivary gland function via mechanisms that are not completely understood. In this study, we used a mouse model of radiation-induced salivary hypofunction to investigate the outcomes of(More)
Allergic, inflammatory, and immune responses carried out by eosinophils are regulated by the cross talk between activatory and inhibitory signals. While much data has been obtained on activatory signals, inhibitory receptors on these cells have received scant attention. Therefore, we screened the surface of human peripheral blood eosinophils for inhibitory(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS Early topical application of mitomycin to a laryngotracheal lesion may prevent or reduce laryngotracheal stenosis (LTS). STUDY DESIGN Prospective controlled animal study. METHODS LTS was induced in 60 dogs randomly assigned to four groups. Controls received an immediate topical application of normal saline. The suction-control(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the accuracy and applicability of 2 computerized navigation systems for surgery of the lower jaw. PATIENTS AND METHODS Two patients diagnosed with a mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the lower jaw were prepared for tumor resection applying 2 different computerized navigation systems: the Image-Guided Implantology (IGI) system (DenX Advanced(More)
Wound healing plays a major role in the development of acquired subglottic stenosis. Pharmacologic treatment of subglottic stenosis must address both physiologic and pathologic healing processes. The relevant Pubmed and Ovid databases from 1960 to 2007 were systematically searched. Several modulating agents have been tested. Most of them were poorly(More)