Stephen T Crank

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The importance of surgical resection margins is paramount, and it is vital that they are accurately delineated so that clinicians' decisions about adjuvant treatment can be validated. Pathological specimens therefore are often pinned to aid orientation and maintain mucosal margins. However, in cadaveric resections of bovine tongues, pinning of the specimens(More)
AIM Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) are solid tumors with low overall survival (40-60%). In a move toward personalized medicine, maintenance of tumor biopsies in microfluidic tissue culture devices is being developed. METHODOLOGY/RESULTS HNSCC (n = 15) was dissected (5-10 mg) and either analyzed immediately or cultured in a microfluidic(More)
A retrospective review of seventy-one PPM flaps used between 1996 and 2010 primarily for oral and oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma presenting as either advanced stage IV primary disease (41/43), extensive recurrent (10) or metastatic (9) neck disease. The PPM flap was most commonly used following resection of the mandible (23) or the tongue/oropharynx(More)
We aimed to show that the star excursion balance test can identify instability in the ankle of patients who have had harvest of a fibular free flap. We compared the reach distance of the operated leg against that of the non-operated leg in 26 patients who had had harvest of the flap over a period of three years from August 2009 at two different centres. The(More)
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