Free radial forearm flap reconstruction in surgery of the oral cavity and pharynx: surgical complications, impairment of speech and swallowing.
1994 (English)In: Clinical Otolaryngology, ISSN 1749-4478, Vol. 19, no 1, 28-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The first 100 consecutive free radial forearm flaps used in reconstruction for oral and pharyngeal cancer were investigated. Seven re-operations took place due to circulatory impairment of the flap. Two flaps underwent partial, and four total necrosis, one of those patients died of massive haemorrhage. Post-operative infection was significantly correlated to increased time between the last radiotherapy session and surgery. All but eight patients had post-operative impairment of swallowing and all but five patients had impairment of speech articulation or hypernasality. Post-operative time spent in hospital was a range of 12-122 days (mean 37 days). The 2-year survival rate was 70% and the 5-year survival rate was 45%.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1994. Vol. 19, no 1, 28-34 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-3951OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-3951DiVA: diva2:142870