Less extrusion of StopLoss Jones Tubes

This is a retrospective comparison of the survival of StopLoss Jones tubes with conventional Lester Jones tubes. Between 2014 and 2016, 31 StopLoss and 59 Lester-Jones tubes were inserted. The authors compared the extrusion and sinking-in rates between the StopLoss...

Diagnosis and management of solitary fibrous tumour

This is a retrospective review of 21 patients diagnosed with solitary fibrous tumour of the orbit between 1996 and 2018 at a single centre. The authors reviewed the clinical presentation, management and course of the disease and reanalysed the histopathology...

Revision facial plastic surgery

This is a timely publication to address some of the contemporary issues we face in dealing with poor results, or remediating results of others. No one escapes dissatisfactory outcomes. Lower lid rejuvenation is no longer a surgical manipulation of the...

The value of bariatric specific chart to initiate resuscitation of adult bariatric burns

This is an interesting well written retrospective analysis of resuscitation in bariatric patients, but the study has two significant flaws. The first flaw is that parkland’s formula, with estimate from lund browder charts is a guide and a best estimate...

Clinical histopathology of 250 parotidectomy patients

This is a retrospective study of 250 consecutive parotidectomy patients at units in Belgium and the Netherlands. The sensitivity and specificity of FNAC was 64% and 99% respectively. The sensitivity being slightly lower than the often quoted 80%. MRI and...

Extracapsular dissection versus parotidectomy

This is a literature review of 16 papers using the PRISMA protocol. In comparing the two techniques, not surprisingly, they found that the extracapsular dissection had a reduced facial nerve paralysis, Frey syndrome and operation time but also a reduced...

Bone thickness and split pattern in mandibular osteotomies

This paper looked at 63 sagittal split ramus osteotomy sites. The type of split was classified according to the Plooij paper and bone measurements were taken at four sites. Of these sites, the thickness of the bone in one point,...

Non-intentional burns in children

This is an interesting epidemiological study on the incidence and relevant factors in paediatric burns. There is some very good data, well presented and analysed well. This study would be well placed in with Switzerland’s public health setting to help...

The value of bariatric specific chart to initiate resuscitation

This is an interesting well written retrospective analysis of resuscitation in bariatric patients, but the study has two significant flaws. The first flaw is that parklands formula, with estimate from lund browder charts, is a guide and a best estimate...

Early hypothermia as risk factor in severely burned patients

This retrospective outcome study looks at patient temperature on admission and if this affected outcome and what variables play a part in the patient’s temperature. Again, this is well written and thought out, but is limited by sample size. They...

Vitamin D and thyroid eye disease

This is a retrospective review of vitamin D levels in patients with thyroid eye disease (TED). Vitamin D levels in 89 patients with Grave’s disease and TED were compared against 89 patients with Grave’s disease and no TED. They also...

Ablepharon-macrostomia syndrome

The ablepharon-macrostomia syndrome is a very rare condition caused by a dominant mutation in the TWIST2 gene. Congenital defects include rudimentary eyelids, macrostomia, ambiguous genitalia and campodactyly. Neonates are at risk of severe corneal exposure without intervention. Previous reports have...