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October 1968

Plastic Surgery in Head and Neck Tumors

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;88(4):444-447. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00770010446021

THERE has been an interesting and rich series of publications relating to reconstructive procedures in the management of tumors in the head and neck in the past year (1967).

The scalp has received particular attention this year with Robinson et al1 reporting on a massive pigmented nevus of the scalp, which was operated within the first three weeks of life by ablation of the major portion of the posterior part of the scalp and upper neck. On microscopic examination, this tumor proved to be a congenital mesodermal tumor, occurring in a giant pigmented nevus. The tumor was not classified from a specific histogenetic point of view. The child did well postoperatively, but was lost to follow-up for approximately one year and returned with multiple recurrences in the residiuum of the scalp, and this entire scalp area after removal was resurfaced with a skin graft. It was stated that the

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