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June 1994

A Systematic Approach to Functional Reconstruction of the Oral Cavity Following Partial and Total Glossectomy

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otolaryngology, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994;120(6):589-601. doi:10.1001/archotol.1994.01880300007002

Mobility, sensation, volume, and to a lesser extent, the shape of the tongue following partial glossectomy are critical elements to the successful rehabilitation of the patient with oral cancer. Our approach to tongue reconstruction is based on the extent and functional status of the residual tongue and whether there is an associated mandibulectomy. Despite the devastating effects of ablative surgery and radiation, the application of available reconstructive techniques can help to improve the quality of life of these patients. Herein, we present a revised classification scheme for tongue defects along with a discussion of the optimal method for reconstruction based on available techniques.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994;120:589-601)

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