Major head and neck reconstruction during the COVID-19 pandemic: The University of Pittsburgh approach

Viran Ranasinghe, Leila J. Mady, Seungwon Kim, Robert L. Ferris, Umamaheswar Duvvuri, Jonas T. Johnson, Mario G. Solari, Shaum Sridharan, Mark Kubik

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Abstract

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created significant challenges to the delivery of care for patients with advanced head and neck cancer requiring multimodality therapy. Performing major head and neck ablative surgery and reconstruction is a particular concern given the extended duration and aerosolizing nature of these cases. In this manuscript, we describe our surgical approach to provide timely reconstructive care and minimize infectious risk to the providers, patients, and families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1243-1247
Number of pages5
JournalHead and Neck
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • coronavirus
  • head and neck reconstruction
  • microvascular

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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