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Clinical Challenges
May 2002

The Role of Marginal Mandibulectomy in the Surgical Management of Oral Cancer

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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002;128(5):604-605. doi:10.1001/archotol.128.5.604

The subject of marginal mandibulectomy in surgical treatment of oral cancers has been debated in the literature over the past 40 years. Dr Wax and colleagues have presented a reasonable review of the subject and outlined the pros and cons of marginal vs segmental mandibulectomy, the rationale behind choosing the operative procedure, and the reported results in the literature. In the end, they conclude that a variety of preoperative assessments including clinical examination, radiological studies, examination under anesthesia, and intraoperative judgment should be exercised to choose the appropriate surgical procedure when the mandible is at risk of invasion by cancer.

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