Total glossectomy is a procedure based on sound oncologic principles, and its usefulness may not be fully appreciated. Given the dimensions of the tongue and the need to obtain a wide margin of resection, this procedure may be indicated in selected T3 lesions and recurrences after irradiation. The procedure offers excellent palliation of pain, and form and function may be preserved by rim mandibulectomy when indicated. New reconstructive techniques allow for speedier recovery. Aspiration need not be a complication of total glossectomy if care is taken to preserve the superior laryngeal nerve. Speech rehabilitation plays an important role in returning these patients to their normal environment. Overall 1 and 3 year disease-free survival rates have been encouraging.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||The American Journal of Surgery|
|State||Published - Oct 1987|
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