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PURPOSE Osteopontin is a secreted cytokine that binds to the cell surface CD44v6 receptor. We studied osteopontin and CD44v6 expression in laryngeal squamous cell carcinomas and correlated osteopontin expression levels with clinicopathologic tumor features. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN We used immunohistochemistry, immunoblotting, and reverse transcription-PCR to(More)
Large oropharyngeal concretions--giant tonsillolith--are not very common. Over the last few years only some 50 cases have been reported in the literature. Many tonsilloliths, especially small concretions, are asymptomatic; large concretions, on the contrary, may produce several symptoms. The case is described of a 56-year-old female complaining of(More)
Laryngeal dysplasia is a common clinical concern. Despite major advancements, a significant number of patients with this condition progress to invasive squamous cell carcinoma. Osteopontin (OPN) is a secreted glycoprotein, whose expression is markedly elevated in several types of cancers. We explored OPN as a candidate biomarker for laryngeal dysplasia. To(More)
In view of the therapeutic efficacy of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in the treatment of infantile spasms (IS) with hypsarrhythmia, we studied the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of ACTH in 15 children (4-10 months) affected by IS with hypsarrhythmia (eight cryptogenic forms, seven secondary to perinatal distress) and in age-matched controls. Lumbar(More)
OBJECTIVES Assessment of the incidence of shoulder joint disability and evaluation of the role of a personal postoperative physical rehabilitative protocol therapy in reducing pain and shoulder dysfunction and improving the quality of life (QOL) of patients who have undergone functional neck dissection (FND) associated with total laryngectomy. SETTING,(More)
Parkinsonian patients are treated with dopamine replacement therapy (typically, intermittent administration of the dopamine precursor L-DOPA); however, this is associated with the onset of abnormal involuntary movements, which seriously impair the quality of life. The molecular mechanisms underlying abnormal involuntary movements represent an intense field(More)
Chondrosarcoma of the larynx is a rare slow-growing malignant tumour with approximately 240 cases reported in the literature: the cricoid cartilage is the most commonly affected site (72-75%), in rare case was described of epiglottis (1-2%). We report a case of a chondrosarcoma of the epiglottis treated with CO2 laser epiglottectomy. The patient was(More)
Since ACTH and the opioids display opposite effects on experimentally-induced seizures, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) levels of ACTH and beta-endorphin (beta-EP) were measured in 6 children (4-8 months) affected by infantile spasms with hypsarhythmia, an idiopathic early onset encephalopathy, and in 8 age-matched controls. beta-EP levels in the patients (76.3(More)
A joint study was performed on 204 children who suffered separate febrile (FS) and afebrile seizures (aFS) within a short space of time to evaluate the risk of subsequent convulsive crises. The data obtained revealed frequent recurrence of seizures and high risk of subsequent convulsive afebrile crises in these children.
The accessory midline thyroids are ascribed to an arrest of migration of the median thyroid anlage, while the lateral ectopic thyroids have induced a hypothesis of the presence of lateral thyroid anlage. We report the case of a 67-year-old man who presented with dyspnea and dysphagia of 1 year's duration. The clinical examination and radiological(More)