Submitted for Publication: July 5, 2011; final revision received September 8, 2011; accepted October 18, 2011.
Author Contributions: Drs Armin and Nabili had full access to all the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis. Study concept and design: Armin, Nishimura, Beumer, Steinberg, Abemayor, and Nabili. Acquisition of data: Armin, Hokugo, Tamplen, and Nabili. Analysis and interpretation of data: Armin. Drafting of the manuscript: Armin, Tamplen, and Nabili. Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Armin, Hokugo, Nishimura, Beumer, Steinberg, Abemayor, and Nabili. Statistical analysis: Nabili. Obtained funding: Nabili. Administrative, technical, and material support: Armin, Hokugo, Tamplen, and Nabili. Study supervision: Nishimura, Beumer, Steinberg, Abemayor, and Nabili.
Financial Disclosure: None reported.
Funding/Support: This study was supported in part by the Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (Dr Nabili).
Previous Presentation: This study was presented as a poster at the 2010 Research Workshop on the Biology, Prevention and Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer of the American Head and Neck Society; October 28-30, 2010; Arlington, Virginia.