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Head and Neck, Volume 35, Number 10, p.1379-1384 (2013)



adenoid cystic carcinoma, adult, aged, article, asymptomatic disease, blepharochalasis, cancer adjuvant therapy, cancer patient, cancer radiotherapy, cancer recurrence, cancer surgery, cancer survival, clinical article, craniofacial surgery, diplopia, dry eye, enophthalmos, esthesioneuroblastoma, external beam radiotherapy, eye surgery, female, follow up, functional assessment, human, intensity modulated radiation therapy, keratopathy, male, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor, maxilla resection, multimodality cancer therapy, orbit tumor, organ preservation, outcome assessment, paranasal sinus cancer, priority journal, retinopathy, retrospective study, squamous cell carcinoma, visual disorder, visual field defect


Background. The purpose of this study was to analyze the oncologic and functional outcomes of the preserved eye in malignant sinonasal tumors with orbital involvement. Methods. In a retrospective study of 19 consecutive patients who underwent craniofacial resection or maxillectomy with preservation of orbital contents and adjuvant radiotherapy, the oncological outcome in terms of local recurrence and survival was analyzed. The functional outcome in the preserved eye was analyzed for the cases that did not recur in the orbit. Results.Nineteen patients were analyzed for their oncologic and functional outcomes. Fifteen patients underwent immediate reconstruction of the orbital support. Eight patients had local recurrences; 11 patients were disease free at the end of the follow-up. Squamous cell carcinoma has a high propensity for local recurrences (ie, 5 of 8 local recurrences were squamous cell carcinoma). Sixteen patients, in whom a satisfactory orbital tumor clearance was obtained, remained recurrence free in the orbit. All the preserved eyes retained adequate function after adjuvant radiotherapy. Conclusions. Adequate local control with preserved visual function can be obtained with surgery and adjuvant radiation in appropriately selected malignant sinonasal tumors with orbital involvement. The preserved eye, if reconstructed appropriately, maintains good overall function with acceptable morbidity. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


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Ma Rajapurkar, Thankappan, Ka, Sampathirao, L. M. C. Sa, Kuriakose, M. Ab, and Iyer, Sa, “Oncologic and functional outcome of the preserved eye in malignant sinonasal tumors”, Head and Neck, vol. 35, pp. 1379-1384, 2013.