What is the incidence of pharyngocutaneous fistula associated with transoral robotic oropharyngectomy with concurrent neck dissection, and how can pharyngocutaneous fistula be prevented and treated?
Explore this issue:March 2011
Background: Transoral resection is emerging as a valuable modality to treat oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. The surgical treatment frequently involves neck dissection, but many surgeons have been reluctant to perform the dissection at the time of primary tumor resection due to the potential of patients developing pharyngocutaneous fistula.
Study design: Retrospective review of single-institution patients.