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December 1992

Transoral Surgical Management of Lesions of the Base of the Tongue

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118(12):1350-1352. doi:10.1001/archotol.1992.01880120076014

• Lesions of the base of the tongue are rare in the pediatric population. However, when present these lesions may lead to airway obstruction and feeding difficulties. Two patients with lesions of the base of the tongue are described to demonstrate the diagnosis and management of this difficult clinical problem. The use of a transoral median glossotomy for total excision of these lesions is advised in this article. This approach affords excellent surgical exposure, early return to a normal diet, and lack of facial scars.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118:1350-1352)