Offodile and associates analyzed 30-day readmissions in 249 patients with head and neck cancer who had undergone free flap reconstruction between January 2000 and July 2014. As expected, wound complications were the most common cause of readmission. Advanced tumor stage and tumor location in the oropharynx, larynx, and hypopharynx were found to be the statistically significant readmission predictors, and readmitted patients had greater neck wound complications and reoperation.
Highlights. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;141(9):779. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2014.2172