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November 1980

Set-Back Tongue Flap for Carcinoma of the Tongue Base

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Eastern Virginia Medical School and Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(11):668-671. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790350010004

• Carcinoma of the base of the tongue has been treated with various combinations of radiotherapy and surgery. Resection of this area poses a major problem in reconstruction because of the need for establishing normal physiologic characteristics. This article emphasizes the benefits of a lateral pharyngotomy and mandibulotomy for resection of large portions of the tongue base. We describe a tongue flap with a neurovascular pedicle that is set back into the tongue-base deficit. This one-stage procedure is relatively easy to perform and provides good physiologic results.

(Arch Otolaryngol 106:668-671, 1980)

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