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Original Article
February 1977

The Importance of Tumor Attachment to the Carotid Artery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1977;103(2):70-73. doi:10.1001/archotol.1977.00780190050002

• The records of 508 patients who had undergone radical neck dissection were reviewed. Twenty-eight of these patients (5.5%) were found to have tumor attached to the carotid arterial system. Twenty-four patients (86%) died with tumor, the mean survival time being 16.9 months. Local recurrence of tumor in the neck occurred in 46% of the patients and distant metastases in 67%. Eighteen percent of those who developed local recurrence did so in the absence of distant metastases and might have benefited from a more aggressive approach toward the tumor.

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