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Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2013 Mar;48(3):161-4.

[Assessment of quality of life of oral cancer patients after reconstruction with radial forearm free flaps].

[Article in Chinese]

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Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, China Medical University, Shenyang, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the quality of life in patients who had resection of oral cancer and reconstruction by radial forearm free flaps.

METHODS:

Quality of life of 49 patients was assessed by means of the 14-item oral health impact profile (OHIP-14) and the medical outcomes study-short form-36 (SF-36) questionnaires 12 months after operation.

RESULTS:

Forty-one questionnaires were collected (84%). SF-36: the highest-scoring domain were physical role (92.9 ± 2.6) and bodily pain (82.6 ± 5.7), the lowest-scoring domain were vitality (61.5 ± 9.1), followed by role emotion (64.9 ± 6.8) and social functioning (65.2 ± 8.2). OHIP-14: the best-scoring domain were handicap (37.1 ± 15.1) and psychological disability (45.7 ± 11.9), the best-scoring domain were physical pain (64.2 ± 11.7) and functional limitation (61.9 ± 12.9).

CONCLUSIONS:

Radial forearm free flaps for reconstruction of oral defects after cancer resection could significantly influence the patients' quality of life.

PMID:
23751531
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