A new, simple method of making a spacer in interstitial brachytherapy for mobile tongue cancer

Kenji Yuasa, Toshiyuki Kawazu, Masahiro Morita, Satoru Uehara, Naonobu Kunitake, Shigenobu Kanda

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This article demonstrates a new method of making a spacer that increases the distance between the mandible and implanted radioactive sources in interstitial brachytherapy for patients with mobile tongue cancer. STUDY DESIGN: Fifty-three patients with mobile tongue cancer underwent interstitial brachytherapy with spacers made by this new technique. RESULTS: Our spacer is not difficult to create or to use. The spacer was made from a plastic splint by using thermoforming techniques and quick self-curing resin, which did not need waxing, wiring, or casting. The surface of the spacer, which comes in contact with the tongue, is smooth because it is covered with tissue-conditioning material. There were no complaints of pain from the patients. Osteoradionecrosis of the mandible developed in only 1 (1.9%) of these patients. CONCLUSIONS: This spacer is simple to make and prevented osteoradionecrosis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104955
Pages (from-to)519-521
Number of pages3
JournalOral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology, and endodontics
Volume89
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000

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Tongue Neoplasms
Brachytherapy
Osteoradionecrosis
Mandible
Splints
Tongue
Plastics
Pain

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Dentistry(all)

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A new, simple method of making a spacer in interstitial brachytherapy for mobile tongue cancer. / Yuasa, Kenji; Kawazu, Toshiyuki; Morita, Masahiro; Uehara, Satoru; Kunitake, Naonobu; Kanda, Shigenobu.

In: Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology, and endodontics, Vol. 89, No. 4, 104955, 01.01.2000, p. 519-521.

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Yuasa, Kenji ; Kawazu, Toshiyuki ; Morita, Masahiro ; Uehara, Satoru ; Kunitake, Naonobu ; Kanda, Shigenobu. / A new, simple method of making a spacer in interstitial brachytherapy for mobile tongue cancer. In: Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology, and endodontics. 2000 ; Vol. 89, No. 4. pp. 519-521.
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