Cranial Maxillofac Trauma Reconstruction 2019; 12(02): 163-166
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1683410
Case Report
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Robot-Assisted Surgery Avoids Mandibulotomy in a Case of Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma of Base of the Tongue

Sivakumar Vidhyadharan
1  Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
,
Krishnakumar Thankappan
1  Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
,
Narayana Subramaniam
1  Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
,
Janarthanan Ramu
2  Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
,
Arya Ajith
1  Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
,
Deepak Balasubramanian
1  Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
,
Subramania Iyer
1  Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
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Publication History

04 November 2018

24 January 2019

Publication Date:
05 March 2019 (online)

Abstract

Surgical management is increasingly preferred in human papilloma–related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Robotic surgery has a different role to play in oropharyngeal salivary origin tumors, where surgery is the primary essential modality. This modality may be used for better access to the oropharynx, avoiding a lip split approach with mandibulotomy. The organ preservation approach such as in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, with nonsurgical modalities like chemoradiotherapy, is not preferred in such cancers, as in the present case. In this context, robot-assisted surgery helps in reducing the morbidity by avoiding the mandibulotomy.