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Invited Commentary
October 10, 2019

The Challenges of Operating on the Oldest Old—The Fountain of Youth Continues to Elude Head and Neck Reconstructive Surgeons

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Section of Head and Neck Surgery, Head and Neck Microvascular Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology, University of Kentucky, Lexington
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019;145(12):1158-1159. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2019.2823

This issue of JAMA Otolaryngology presents “Complications, Mortality, and Functional Decline in Patients 80 Years or Older Undergoing Major Head and Neck Ablation and Reconstruction” by Fancy et al.1 This work represents a major contribution to the head and neck reconstructive literature in a group that many have long held the speculative opinion do worse with surgery: the oldest of the old. This is a growing population, thus presenting a pressing research topic.

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