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Tongue cancer in young patients: case report of a 26-year-old patient


Credé, Aleksandra; Locher, Michael; Bredell, Marius (2012). Tongue cancer in young patients: case report of a 26-year-old patient. Head & Neck Oncology, 4:20.

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INTRODUCTION: This article presents the case of a 26-year-old woman with tongue cancer. The median age at the diagnosis of the tongue's cancer is 61 years. Only approximately 2% of patients are diagnosed before the age of 35. CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient survived acute myeloid leukemia (AML) before her second year. She had been having recurrent, poorly healing aphtae on the right side of the tongue for a period of months before the symptoms of the tongue cancer appeared. As a treatment a partial glossectomy was conducted on the right side and a neck dissection of levels I-III. Than a reconstruction of the tongue with a radialis free vascularised flap from left side was performed. DISCUSSION: It should be always looked for the causal factor in young patients with a neoplasm. There is strong evidence for second malignant neoplasms in survivors of childhood cancer.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: This article presents the case of a 26-year-old woman with tongue cancer. The median age at the diagnosis of the tongue's cancer is 61 years. Only approximately 2% of patients are diagnosed before the age of 35. CASE PRESENTATION: Our patient survived acute myeloid leukemia (AML) before her second year. She had been having recurrent, poorly healing aphtae on the right side of the tongue for a period of months before the symptoms of the tongue cancer appeared. As a treatment a partial glossectomy was conducted on the right side and a neck dissection of levels I-III. Than a reconstruction of the tongue with a radialis free vascularised flap from left side was performed. DISCUSSION: It should be always looked for the causal factor in young patients with a neoplasm. There is strong evidence for second malignant neoplasms in survivors of childhood cancer.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Division of Surgical Research
04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Dental Medicine > Clinic for Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:May 2012
Deposited On:06 Feb 2013 17:34
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 19:25
Publisher:OA Publishing London
ISSN:1758-3284
Free access at:PubMed ID. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1186/1758-3284-4-20
PubMed ID:22583815

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