Dysphagia Rehabilitation Following Total Glossectomy Total glossectomy—resection including the oral and base of tongue—remains the most significant surgical alternative for patients with advanced cancers of the tongue, but given the current advancements in reconstruction and rehabilitation, patients can return to oral alimentation, near-normal activities, and an acceptable quality of life. Successful medical recovery and the ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2013
Dysphagia Rehabilitation Following Total Glossectomy
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  • Knott Jodi K.
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston
  • Lewin Jan S.
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston
  • Disclosure: Jodi K. Knott and Jan S. Lewin have no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Jodi K. Knott and Jan S. Lewin have no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2013
Dysphagia Rehabilitation Following Total Glossectomy
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2013, Vol. 22, 73-80. doi:10.1044/sasd22.2.73
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), June 2013, Vol. 22, 73-80. doi:10.1044/sasd22.2.73

Total glossectomy—resection including the oral and base of tongue—remains the most significant surgical alternative for patients with advanced cancers of the tongue, but given the current advancements in reconstruction and rehabilitation, patients can return to oral alimentation, near-normal activities, and an acceptable quality of life. Successful medical recovery and the ability to restore swallowing function depend on strong and consistent communication between the members of an expert multidisciplinary team that must include a knowledgeable speech-language pathologist. Unlike total glossectomy in past decades, today, total tongue resection no longer mandates a total laryngectomy, nor are glossectomized patients relegated to a liquid diet or feeding tube dependency.

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