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“Volume and location of the defect as predictors of speech outcome after glossectomy: correlation with a classification”—Would collateral reinnervation improve the outcome?

  • S. Mishra
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    Correspondence to: Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology, HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
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    Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Robotic Surgery, HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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  • V.U.S. Rao
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    Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Robotic Surgery, HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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  • S. Thakur
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    Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Robotic Surgery, HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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  • A. Subash
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    Department of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Robotic Surgery, HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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Published:September 08, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijom.2022.04.021
      We read with great interest the article titled “Volume and location of the defect as predictors of speech outcome after glossectomy: correlation with a classification” by Bhattacharya et al.
      • Bhattacharya S.
      • Thankappan K.
      • Sukumaran S.V.
      • Mayadevi M.
      • Balasubramanian D.
      • Iyer S.
      Volume and location of the defect as predictors of speech outcome after glossectomy: correlation with a classification.
      The oral tongue is one of the most common sites of oral cavity malignancy and is a critical organ for speech and swallowing. The functions of the oral part of the tongue include speech and articulation, as well as mastication, oral hygiene, and the oral phase of swallowing.
      • Lam L.
      • Samman N.
      Speech and swallowing following tongue cancer surgery and free flap reconstruction–a systematic review.
      The oropharyngeal tongue is important for the pharyngeal phase of swallowing and prevention of aspiration, and hence the repair of the defect post glossectomy becomes crucial in restoring the form and function of the tongue.
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