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April 1981

Sagittal Ostectomy of the Mandible for Floor of Mouth Cancer

Author Affiliations

From the Head and Neck Service for Oncologic Surgery, Departments of Surgery and Dentistry, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Northport, NY (Drs Mazzarella and Friedlander); and the Departments of Surgery (Otolaryngology), School of Medicine (Dr Mazzarella), and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dental Medicine (Dr Friedlander), State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1981;107(4):245-248. doi:10.1001/archotol.1981.00790400047011

• The removal of a full-thickness portion of the anterior part of the mandible can result in significant cosmetic deformity and serious functional disability. Anterior sagittal ostectomy of the mandible obviates the need for resection of the mandible. This surgical technique has the following advantages: (1) permits an en bloc resection of the entire lingual cortical plate of the mandible and the floor of the mouth, (2) maintains facial contour and oral cavity function, (3) can be combined with any soft-tissue reconstructive procedure, and (4) does not require a future mandibular reconstructive procedure.

(Arch Otolaryngol 1981;107:245-248)

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