Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma: A proposed reconstruction protocol based on past surgical experience

Jonathan B. Gottlieb, Michael Joachim, Yoav Leiser, Murad Abdelraziq, Imad Abu El-Naaj

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Background: To propose a reconstructive protocol based on surgical management experience of polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma (PLGA) and the location of the primary lesion. Methods: Data on the surgical management and the reconstructive technique of 14 histologically conformed patients with PLGA, all treated by the same surgeon, were analyzed and evaluated. Results: Mean follow-up period in our series was 6.2 years. Mean age at diagnosis was 55.5 years and female to male ratio was 2.2:1. The most common presenting sign was a nonpainful lump or mass in an intraoral location. Most patients were managed by wide local excision and reconstruction method varied from primary closure to the use of radial forearm graft. Recurrence appeared in one of the patients in this series, while 2 required further radiation therapy. A protocol for reconstruction of intraoral patients with PLGA is suggested based on our analysis. Conclusion: Surgical management is the gold standard for PLGA treatment. Neck dissection is recommended only in patients with presurgery fine-needle aspiration confirmed lymph node involvement. The reconstruction depends mainly on location and size of the primary lesion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1228-1230
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Craniofacial Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019

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© 2019 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.


  • Polymorphous low-grade adenocarcinoma
  • Reconstruction
  • Salivary gland tumor
  • Temporalis flap


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