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At the recent meeting of the Eastern Section of the Triological Society, Boston, Barry L. Wenig and colleagues (New Hyde Park, NY) presented a discussion on Mandibular reconstruction. The authors present their experience with 15 patients who had undergone resection for squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity and/or oropharynx. Only two patients had midline segmental defects; the rest were lateral defects. In most cases, the authors used free flaps, with or without bone, and restored mandibular continuity either by a plate alone or by compression plating the bone of the free flap to the remaining mandible. There was only one failure, though their follow-up (from six to 18 months) is short.
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