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Abstract

This study reviews the history, indications, and operative technique for median mandibulotomy with paralingual extension (mandibular “swing”). A 21-year experience is presented, during which this operative approach was used in 49 patients with tongue cancer and 16 others with oropharyngeal lesions. Mandibular “swing” appears to offer more versatility and fewer problems than either median labiomandibular glossotomy or lateral mandibulotomy. Good local control can be anticipated in properly selected patients because the tumor exposure is comparable to that achieved in operations involving jaw resection.