Resection of recurrent third branchial cleft fistulas assisted by flexible pharyngotomy
Xiao-Qiong Ding, Xin Zhu, Ling Li, Xu Feng, Zhi-Chun Huang, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Zhongda Hospital Southeast University, Nanjing 210000, Jiangsu Province, China
Author contributions: Huang ZC and Ding XQ contributed to study conception and design; Zhu X and Li L contributed to data acquisition, data analysis and interpretation, and writing of the article; Ding XQ, Zhu X, Li L, Feng X and Huang ZC contributed to editing, reviewing and final approval of the article.
Institutional review board statement: The study protocol was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University (Nanjing, China), and conducted in accordance with the 1975 Declaration of Helsinki.
Informed consent statement: All the patients signed the written informed consent form.
Conflict-of-interest statement: The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
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Corresponding author: Zhi-Chun Huang, MSc, Doctor, Professor, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Zhongda Hospital Southeast University, No. 87 Dingjiaqiao, Nanjing 210000, Jiangsu Province, China. firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: September 3, 2019
Peer-review started: September 3, 2019
First decision: September 23, 2019
Revised: October 29, 2019
Accepted: November 15, 2019
Article in press: November 15, 2019
Published online: December 6, 2019