Journal of Head & Neck Physicians and Surgeons

: 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3--7

Total glossectomy: Technique review

Viswanath Neelakantan, Girish S Shetkar, Vikram D Kekatpure 
 Department of Head and Neck Oncology, Cytecare Cancer Hospitals, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Vikram D Kekatpure
Cytecare Cancer Hospital, Yelahanka, Bengaluru - 560 064, Karnataka

Advanced cancers of oral tongue and recurrent/residual tumors arising from base of tongue may require total glossectomy for curative intent treatment. This procedure is considered morbid due to possibility of life threatening aspiration. This review discusses the technical nuances to reduce functional morbidity. The pull through resection technique allows a compartmental resection of these tumors with adequate margin control without a need for mandibulotomy. Selection of appropriate flap to replace bulk and laryngeal suspension are essential components of reconstruction. With application of these technical advances and adequate post-operative swallow therapy, patients undergoing total glossectomy have acceptable functional outcome.

How to cite this article:
Neelakantan V, Shetkar GS, Kekatpure VD. Total glossectomy: Technique review.J Head Neck Physicians Surg 2020;8:3-7

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Neelakantan V, Shetkar GS, Kekatpure VD. Total glossectomy: Technique review. J Head Neck Physicians Surg [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jan 25 ];8:3-7
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