The lip-splitting approach to resection of oropharyngeal cancer

Authors

  • Richard Babin M.D.,

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    1. Department of Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
    • Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
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  • Thomas C. Calcaterra M.D.

    1. Department of Surgery, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
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Abstract

Adequate margins are of primary importance in a composite resection of oropharyngeal carcinomas. Secondary considerations include the functional status and cosmetic result of the patient after the operation. A series of 6 patients demonstrate that, in selected cases, a lip-splitting approach to increase exposure while ensuring adequate margins may be undertaken without undue fear of functional impairment or cosmetic deformity. The ultimate result will depend on proper placement of the incisions and careful reapproximation of tissue.

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