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BACKGROUND Endoscopic ear surgery is an emerging technique with recent literature highlighting advantages over the traditional microscopic approach. This study aims to characterize the current status of endoscopic ear surgery in Canada and better understand the beliefs and concerns of the otolaryngology - head & neck surgery community regarding this(More)
Autoimmune sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is a rare clinical entity characterized by a progressive fluctuating bilateral asymmetric SNHL that develops over several weeks to months. Vestibular symptoms, tinnitus and aural fullness are present in up to 50% of patients. Due to the lack of specific diagnostic tests, both clinical suspicion and responsiveness(More)
With the current trend of alarming rise in obesity rates, the health impacts of excess weight will become more apparent. While an increased incidence of cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus has been well documented, the association between obesity and carcinogenesis is just being appreciated and is receiving increasing attention. The current review(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity has been linked to numerous diseases including thyroid cancer, but the exact nature of the relationship, especially with respect to patients with thyroid nodules, remains unclear. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of body mass index (BMI) on thyroid cancer risk in a population of patients with indeterminate cytology(More)
OBJECTIVE To better appreciate perioperative concerns affecting patients considering thyroidectomy and to understand how they may vary according to patient characteristics. STUDY DESIGN Cross-sectional analysis. SETTING Tertiary referral center. SUBJECTS AND METHODS The authors recruited patients scheduled for thyroid surgery at the McGill University(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine the value of fine-needle aspiration biopsies (FNABs) of the thyroid and stratify the risk of malignancy within the indeterminate FNAB diagnostic category at our institution. STUDY DESIGN Case series with chart review of preoperative FNABs of consecutive patients who underwent total thyroidectomy between 2005 and 2007. SUBJECTS(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether patients with vitamin D deficiency (VDD) are at increased risk for hypocalcemia following total thyroidectomy. METHODS A retrospective study of 246 consecutive patients undergoing thyroidectomy at a McGill University teaching hospital was conducted. Patients who had subtotal thyroidectomy or concomitant parathyroidectomy or(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the value of specific cytopathologic features on fine-needle aspiration biopsies (FNABs) at predicting thyroid malignancy. DESIGN Retrospective review of consecutive patients undergoing thyroidectomy between 2005 and 2007 following FNAB of thyroid nodules. SETTING Two McGill University teaching hospitals in Montreal. METHODS One(More)
OBJECTIVES To analyze the characteristics and the associated medical co-morbidities in children with synchronous airway lesions (SALs) found during rigid bronchoscopy. METHODS Retrospective case series and chart review of patients who were found to have more than one airway lesion after undergoing airway evaluation via rigid endoscopy at a tertiary care(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of underlying lower airway inflammatory conditions in children who underwent rigid bronchoscopy (RB) for a suspected foreign body aspiration (FBA) in the tracheobronchial tree and to identify the characteristics of patients who could benefit from a trial of antiasthma treatment prior to undergoing a diagnostic(More)