OBJECTIVES: This article demonstrates a new method of making a spacer that increases the distance between the mandible and implanted radioactive sources in interstitial brachytherapy for patients with mobile tongue cancer. STUDY DESIGN: Fifty-three patients with mobile tongue cancer underwent interstitial brachytherapy with spacers made by this new technique. RESULTS: Our spacer is not difficult to create or to use. The spacer was made from a plastic splint by using thermoforming techniques and quick self-curing resin, which did not need waxing, wiring, or casting. The surface of the spacer, which comes in contact with the tongue, is smooth because it is covered with tissue-conditioning material. There were no complaints of pain from the patients. Osteoradionecrosis of the mandible developed in only 1 (1.9%) of these patients. CONCLUSIONS: This spacer is simple to make and prevented osteoradionecrosis.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology, oral radiology, and endodontics|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Oral Surgery