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December 1955

Tumors of the Cheek: Observations on Etiology, Differential Diagnosis, and Methods of Surgical Approach

Author Affiliations

Durham, N. C.
From the Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery Division, Duke University School of Medicine, and the Veterans Administration Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1955;71(6):896-906. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1955.01270180102015

The cheek, a definite anatomical area and a distinct body organ, is described by most anatomists in terms couched in generalities.* We will adhere to the description given by Callander,5 who limits the cheek to that mobile portion of the lateral wall of the oral cavity from the orbit to the mandible and from the masseter muscle to the nasofacial sulcus.

The cheek is covered externally by skin and internally by mucous membrane. Between these two layers (2 to 3 cm. in the average adult) lies muscle, nerve, lymphatic, connective, glandular, vascular, ductal, and adipose tissue, all of which are subject to inflammatory and neoplastic changes.

Space does not permit a detailed description of the anatomy of the cheek. There are some points which will be listed for emphasis. The skin of the cheek is highly vascular and in the male must be considered and utilized as hair-bearing. The

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