Abstract

The purpose of the study was to analyse the prevalence of shoulder complaints after nerve sparing neck dissection at least I year after surgery, and to analyse the influence of radiation therapy on shoulder complaints. Patients were interviewed for shoulder complaints, and patients filled out the shoulder disability questionnaire to evaluate shoulder disability in daily activities.

In total 137 patients; 51 after modified radical neck dissection (MRND), 21 after postero-lateral neck dissection (PLND), and 65 after supraomohyoid neck dissection (SOHND) were analysed. After MRND 33.3% of the patients experienced shoulder complaints, after PLND 66.7%, and after SOHND 20% of the patients experienced shoulder complaints. Type of neck dissection was significantly (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-257
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr-2004

Keywords

  • head and neck neoplasms
  • neck dissection
  • shoulder pain
  • disability
  • daily activities
  • SPINAL ACCESSORY NERVE
  • QUALITY-OF-LIFE
  • ORAL-CAVITY
  • TRAPEZIUS MUSCLE
  • SURGERY
  • HEAD
  • DISABILITY
  • CARCINOMA
  • CANCER
  • PAIN

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