Preoperative risk assessment for gastrostomy tube placement in head and neck cancer patients.

@article{Schweinfurth2001PreoperativeRA,
  title={Preoperative risk assessment for gastrostomy tube placement in head and neck cancer patients.},
  author={John Mark Schweinfurth and George Boger and Paul J. Feustel},
  journal={Head & neck},
  year={2001},
  volume={23 5},
  pages={376-82}
}
BACKGROUND The presentation and definitive surgical treatment of head and neck malignancies have varying impact on postoperative recovery and return of swallowing function, which heretofore has not been well defined. METHODS We performed a retrospective chart review of 142 patients who underwent extirpative surgery for head and neck cancer. RESULTS Factors significantly associated with the need for long-term postoperative nutritional support (p < .05) included heavy alcohol use, tongue base… CONTINUE READING