More effective therapy for malignant tumors of the antrum has produced additional responsibility for the surgeon, that is, the correction of the deformity that at times follows the removal of such a growth. Surgical treatment as a rule leaves no appreciable change in the facial contour provided the lesion has not extended beyond the sinus. However, when extrinsic involvement is present, therapy sufficiently radical to offer a possibility of curing the disease is likely to cause more or less marked deformity of the face. Although the patient may be freed from his malignant disease, he is often left so badly disfigured that he can neither mingle socially nor earn a livelihood. The rehabilitation of the patient, accordingly, is at times as important as curing him of his malignant tumor. Repair of the deformity often presents a major problem in plastic surgery.
Various forms of treatment have been used in dealing
FIGI FA. PLASTIC REPAIR AFTER REMOVAL OF EXTENSIVE MALIGNANT TUMORS OF THE ANTRUM. Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;28(1):29–41. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650040036005