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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 238--240

Speech and swallowing outcomes in buccal mucosa carcinoma


Department of Speech and Hearing, MCOAHS, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Sunila John
Department of Speech and Hearing, MCOAHS, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.92344

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Buccal carcinoma is one of the most common malignant neoplasms among all oral cancers in India. Understanding the role of speech language pathologists (SLPs) in the domains of evaluation and management strategies of this condition is limited, especially in the Indian context. This is a case report of a young adult with recurrent squamous cell carcinoma of the buccal mucosa with no deleterious habits usually associated with buccal mucosa carcinoma. Following composite resection, pectoralis major myocutaneous flap reconstruction, he developed severe oral dysphagia and demonstrated unintelligible speech. This case report focuses on the issues of swallowing and speech deficits in buccal mucosa carcinoma that need to be addressed by SLPs, and the outcomes of speech and swallowing rehabilitation and prognostic issues.






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