Pathologic Surface Changes in the Submental Flap Used for Intraoral Reconstruction: Report of Two Cases ZD01-ZD03
Dr. Saeedeh khajehahmadi,
Assistant Professor, Deparment of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Dental Research Center, School of Dentistry,
Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
Soft tissue reconstruction is often necessary after pathologic resection of oral squamous cell carcinoma. Although morphologic changes are common after transfer of the flaps to the oral cavity, pathologic changes within the transferred flaps, used for intraoral reconstruction, are rare events. Despite the widespread use of submental flap for oral cavity reconstruction, there are no reports in this respect. In this article, pathologic changes in the surface epithelium of transferred submental flaps are demonstrated with the report of two cases. The occurrence of lichen planus in a submental flap that had been used for reconstruction of lateral tongue border is reported in one case and in another patient, squamous cell carcinoma arising in the transferred de-epithelialized submental flap, used for maxillary and buccal reconstruction, is shown.