Impaired swallowing mechanics of post radiation therapy head and neck cancer patients: A retrospective videofluoroscopic study
William G Pearson Jr, Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy, Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA 30912, United States
William G Pearson Jr, Department of Otolaryngology, Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, Augusta, GA 30912, United States
Alisa A Davidoff, Zachary M Smith, Dorothy E Adams, Sargent College, Boston University, Boston, MA 02118, United States
Susan E Langmore, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02118, United States
Author contributions: All authors contributed to this study in accordance with the standard proposed by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors; Pearson WG Jr and Langmore SE designed the research study; Pearson WG Jr, Davidoff AA, Smith ZM and Adams DE performed the research; Pearson WG Jr analyzed the data and wrote the paper with input from all other authors.
Institutional review board statement: The study was reviewed and approved by the Boston University School of Medicine Institutional Review Board.
Informed consent statement: The Boston University School of Medicine Institutional Review Board approved a waiver of informed consent due to the use of existing clinical data collected in a manner that subjects cannot be identified, and the added risk of the invasion of privacy and possible compromise of confidentiality introduced by obtaining consent.
Conflict-of-interest statement: All the authors have no conflict of interest related to the manuscript.
Data sharing statement: Data were collected and analyzed under a research protocol approved by the Boston University School of Medicine Institutional Review Board that waived consent due to the added risk of the invasion of privacy and possible compromise of confidentiality introduced by obtaining consent. These data were first reported in the doctoral dissertation of William G Pearson, Jr., with the copyright belonging to the author.
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Correspondence to: William G Pearson Jr, PhD, Assistant Professor of Cellular Biology and Anatomy, Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, 1120 15th Street, CB-1101, Augusta, GA 30912, United States. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: July 31, 2015
Peer-review started: August 1, 2015
First decision: September 28, 2015
Revised: October 24, 2015
Accepted: December 18, 2015
Article in press: December 18, 2015
Published online: February 28, 2016