Principles of Skull Base Reconstruction After Ablative Head and Neck Cancer Surgery
Joseph Curry, Zoukaa Sargi
Skull base surgery,reconstruction,head and neck cancer,free flap
Citation Information :
Curry J, Sargi Z. Principles of Skull Base Reconstruction After Ablative Head and Neck Cancer Surgery. Int J Otorhinolaryngol Clin 2010; 2 (1):87-94.
Copyright © 2010; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.
“Resection of malignancies of the skull base can result in significant functional and cosmetic morbidity as well as mortality. Reconstructive efforts provide not only functional and cosmetic rehabilitation, but also allow for the avoidance of potentially disastrous complications such as cerebrospinal fluid leak or meningitis. The optimal reconstruction is determined both by a patient based approach and a defect based approach. Skull base defects can be addressed by the separate components of the craniofacial skeleton in which they involve, and therefore the individual reconstructive issues which must be addressed. In this article, we describe an approach to skull base reconstruction and the technical aspects of the available reconstructive options.
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