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BACKGROUND Spindle cell carcinoma (SpCC) is considered to be a rare variant of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The behavior of such tumors is unclear. The aim of this study was to elucidate the treatment and outcome of oral and oropharyngeal SpCC. METHODS All the medical records of patients with the diagnosis of SpCC in the oral cavity and oropharynx in(More)
MicroRNAs (miRs) are a class of small endog-enous non-coding RNAs of ~21-24 nucleotides in length. Previous studies have indicated that miR-196b has either an oncogenic or tumor-suppressive function in various types of cancer. However, the biological role of miR-196b in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) remains unclear. In the present study, the(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare trends, risk factors, prevalence rates, and hospital resource utilization between tympanoplasty and revision tympanoplasty. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective review. SETTING All hospitals. PATIENTS This study analyzed 58,038 tympanoplasty procedures and 953 revision tympanoplasty procedures performed in Taiwan from 1996 to 2007. MAIN(More)
OBJECTIVES To review cases of peritonsillar abscess and investigate the initial clinical factors that may influence the duration of hospitalization. To determine the predictive factors of prolonged hospital stay in adult patients with peritonsillar abscess. METHODS Subjects were adults hospitalized with peritonsillar abscess. We retrospectively reviewed(More)
BACKGROUND Our previous study showed a close relationship between computed tomography (CT)-derived bidimensional measurement of primary tumor and retropharyngeal nodes (BDMprn) and gross tumor volume of primary tumor and retropharyngeal nodes (GTVprn) in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and better prognosis for NPC patients with smaller BDMprn. In this study,(More)
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