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Rev Stomatol Chir Maxillofac. 2011 Dec;112(6):337-41. doi: 10.1016/j.stomax.2011.08.015. Epub 2011 Sep 22.

[Tongue reconstruction with a bilateral infrahyoid flap innervated by Ansa Cervicalis after total glossectomy].

[Article in French]

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Service de Chirurgie Maxillofaciale, Centre FX-Michelet, CHU de Bordeaux, place Amélie-Raba-Léon, 33076 Bordeaux, France. mathieu.laurentjoye@yahoo.fr

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Reconstruction after total glossectomy remains a functional challenge. It must provide a large volume to ensure adequate phonation and swallowing. We present the larynx sparing bilateral infrahyoid flap reconstruction procedure after total glossectomy.

PATIENTS AND METHOD:

Three patients managed for an epidermoid carcinoma of the tongue, classified T4N0, underwent total glossectomy. The tongue was reconstructed with a bilateral infrahyoid flap pedicled on two superior thyroid arteries and innervated by Ansa Cervicalis.

RESULTS:

Oral food intake was resumed after 8 to 20 days. No false route was observed. The muscular flap mobility was clinically satisfactory. It was assessed by EMG in one case. Esophageal transit confirmed the absence of stasis and false route for one patient.

DISCUSSION:

This short series proves the feasibility of bilateral innervated and pedicled infrahyoid flap procedure. It is an alternative to volumetric and functional reconstruction after total glossectomy. The indications are rare and restricted to patients without IIa nodal region invasion. Our results are still limited and need to be confirmed by a larger series and by a more systematic assessment.

PMID:
21943495
DOI:
10.1016/j.stomax.2011.08.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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