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April 1989

Mandibulotomy in the Irradiated Patient

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1989;115(4):497-499. doi:10.1001/archotol.1989.01860280095024

• Though the "mandibular swing," as an approach to certain upper aerodigestive tract malignancies, has been gaining popularity in recent years, there has been little reported as to the feasibility of this procedure in subjects who have received radical preoperative radiotherapy. We have recently reported the results of 23 such patients, and we now present an update. The results presented are of a retrospective analysis of 44 patients, 50% of whom received radical preoperative radiotherapy to fields including the osteotomy site. As in the previous study, there were no statistically significant differences between the complication rates in the irradiated and nonirradiated patient populations. All the patients were orally rehabilitated.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1989;115:497-499)