Serial suture ligation glossectomy for squamous cell carcinoma in the setting of a massive lymphovascular malformation

Wade Chien, Harrison W. Lin, Daniel G. Deschler

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Abstract

Background We describe a novel surgical technique for resection of squamous cell carcinoma in the setting of a massive tongue lymphovascular malformation (LVM). Methods and Results A 75-year-old man with a history of long-standing massive LVM of the tongue presented with a 4-cm squamous cell carcinoma of the involved oral tongue. Given the aberrant vascular anatomy of this lesion, traditional surgical treatment could not be undertaken. Therefore, serial suture ligation was performed over a 2-week period, allowing complete excision of the squamous cell carcinoma and a large portion of the tongue LVM with minimal morbidity. Return to preoperative functional status was likewise achieved. Conclusion Serial suture ligation glossectomy is a simple and effective technique for treating the uncommon case of squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue in the setting of a massive LVM. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Head Neck, 2013

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E157-E160
JournalHead and Neck
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cancer
  • lymphovascular malformation
  • oral cavity
  • squamous cell carcinoma
  • suture ligation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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