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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 126-130

Postoperative physiotherapy management for complications related to cancer of buccal mucosa (head and neck cancer)

Department of Oncology Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Oshin Diana Mathias
Department of Oncology Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Nehru Nagar, Belagavi, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_52_19

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Buccal mucosa squamous cell carcinoma is rare and is considered as an aggressive form of oral cavity cancer. It is also associated with a high rate of local regional recurrence and is seen commonly in people who are habitual tobacco chewers and/or smokers with or without alcohol intake. This case report represents a 40-year-old, moderately built female of buccal mucosa carcinoma who visited the surgical oncology department with involvement of the underlying skin and underwent commando surgery with complaints of pain, restriction of movements at the operated site, chest pain and breathlessness, swelling of left side of cheek, and limited mouth opening as postoperative complications, highlighting on the postsurgical physiotherapy management in commando surgery for buccal mucosa carcinoma and alleviating symptoms that were apparent with improvement in the quality of life of the patient.

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