The mainstream of treatment of early-stage oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC) is represented by transoral resection with “adequate” free margins. Despite that, a precise and shared definition of “adequate margin” is lacking, and so is a standardized transoral surgical technique.The tongue is a symmetrically paired organ, consisting of intertwining intrinsic and extrinsic muscles, which can be distinguished during dissection. Routes of tumoral spread in oral tongue cancer are well-known and should be taken into account during resection. We propose herein a standardized and replicable surgical technique to resect early-stage OTSCC, based on rational anatomical considerations.
- early-stage oral tongue carcinoma
- oral cavity cancer
- tongue muscles
- transoral approach
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