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Reconstruction of Pharyngeal Defects with a Submental Island Flap after Hypopharyngeal Carcinoma Ablation.
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PMID:  23258288     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate the oncologic and functional results of pharyngeal defect reconstruction using a submental island flap in hypopharyngeal cancer patients. Methods: Functional and oncologic results were assessed in 14 patients based on a retrospective chart review. Speech function grading was as follows: 1 = excellent (>70% intelligibility); 2 = good (40-70% intelligibility), and 3 = poor (<40% intelligibility). Swallowing function score was stratified as 1 = full diet (excellent), 2 = soft diet (excellent-good), 3 = liquid diet (good), 4 = combined oral and gastric tube (good-poor), and 5 = gastric tube-dependent (poor). Results: All flaps survived well. Salivary fistula with infection was found in 1 patient and treated conservatively. The mean length of hospitalization, and speech and swallowing scores according to laryngeal invasion in 11 patients after partial pharyngectomy were 21.63 ± 4.31 versus 11 ± 2.00 (p = 0.003), 2.38 ± 0.5 versus 1.67 ± 1.16 (p = 0.18) and 3.88 ± 0.84 versus 3.33 ± 1.53 (p = 0.46), respectively. Speech and swallowing returned to good-excellent in 63.6% and good in 45.5% of patients after surgery. Conclusions: The submental island flap is reliable for reconstructing laryngopharyngeal defects after ablation of hypopharyngeal cancer. Speech and swallowing are restored to good function in half of the patients. Laryngeal involvement of the cancer is predictive of longer hospitalization.
Wen-Hung Wang; Tzer-Zen Hwang; Chia-Hao Chang; Yen-Chun Lin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  ORL; journal for oto-rhino-laryngology and its related specialties     Volume:  74     ISSN:  1423-0275     ISO Abbreviation:  ORL J. Otorhinolaryngol. Relat. Spec.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0334721     Medline TA:  ORL J Otorhinolaryngol Relat Spec     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  304-309     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Otolaryngology, Cathay General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.
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