Tongue Strength: a Prognostic Factor After Tongue Cancer Surgery?


Surgical resection of oral cancer can result in altered speech, swallowing, and quality of life (QOL). To date, the oral outcome variables of tongue strength, tongue and jaw range of motion, and saliva production have not been extensively assessed. This pilot study was done to assess tongue strength in relationship to performance status for speech, swallowing, and QOL after partial glossectomy.

Cathy L. Lazarus, PhD; Hasan Husaini, BDS, MS; Sumeet M. Anand, MD; Adam S. Jacobson, MD; Jackie K. Mojica, MS; Daniel Buchbinder, MD; Mark L. Urken, MD

The Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, June 2013

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