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Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Apr;18(2):95-100. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0b013e3283376c3f.

Total glossectomy in the organ preservation era.

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Head and Neck Surgery and Otorhinolaryngology Department, A.C. Camargo Hospital, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Total or subtotal glossectomy is considered a highly morbid procedure. However, in some institutions and in selected cases of unsuccessful chemoradiation regimens, it is performed with acceptable oncological and functional outcomes.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Chemoradiation for advanced oral and oropharyngeal cancers is also highly morbid and some authors reported reasonable functional results after major glossectomies. Also, there is a lack of prospective trials comparing the long-term outcome between chemoradiation and major glossectomies.

SUMMARY:

Total and/or subtotal glossectomies with immediate reconstruction can be performed in highly selected patients with advanced oral or base of the tongue carcinomas, as a primary or salvage procedure, with acceptable outcomes.

PMID:
20234211
DOI:
10.1097/MOO.0b013e3283376c3f
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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