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A Journal on Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery
Minerva Stomatologica 1999 July-August;48(7-8):319-24
language: English, Italian
Clinical evaluation of patients with squamous carcinoma of the oral cavity
Colella G., Gabriele M., Lanza A., Tartaro G. P., Giorgetti G.
Aims. To make a clinical evaluation of patients with squamous carcinoma of the oral cavity.
Methods. The clinical condition of 72 patients with squamous carcinoma of the mouth, hospitalized at the Institute of Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery, 2nd University of Naples, Italy, between 1992 and 1996, were examined. The patients were evaluated system by system, staged by TNM-UICC and classified by ASA and by the Karnofsky and Burchenal and the Zubrod et al. Performance status methods.
Results. Evaluation by the two methods produced different results. Of the patients examined, 34.5% showed more than one systemic disorder. 51.4% were in ASA classes 3-4.
Conclusions. The presence of a disease with poor prognosis associated with advanced neoplastic stage (stages III-IV; 69.4% of the total) precluded radical surgery in 32% of patients, who were treated with chemiotherapy and/or radiotherapy.