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Otorhinolaryngology 2021 December;71(4):278-80

DOI: 10.23736/S2724-6302.20.02326-7

Copyright © 2020 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

COVID-19-related diagnostic delay in ENT

Massimo CAMPAGNOLI 1, Michele CERASUOLO 1, Daniele F. ANDRINA 1, Andrea TOSO 2, Mario POLICARPO 2, Paolo ALUFFI VALLETTI 1, Massimiliano GARZARO 1

1 ENT Division, University of Eastern Piedmont, Novara, Italy; 2 ENT Department, Maggiore della Carità University Hospital, Novara, Italy



COVID-19 outbreak impacted on accesses in hospitals because of the fear of contagion and because of the changes in everyday hospital activity. These mechanisms in some cases caused diagnostic delays with devastating consequences on patients’ lives. The current case seems to be extremely illustrative of such condition, showing the case of a 45-year-old man who suffered a 4-months diagnostic delay of an extensive squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue. Because of the delay a worst prognosis will be probable, and a more aggressive surgical management has been necessary.


KEY WORDS: COVID-19; Head and neck neoplasms; Tongue neoplasms

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