Skill Checkup: Excision of Mouth Lesions

Arlen D. Meyers, MD, MBA

Disclosures

May 09, 2019

Larger lesions of the tongue or floor of mouth may lead to postoperative edema that could compromise the airway and may necessitate overnight observation.

Infection of the operative site is a rare occurrence, and routine administration of postoperative antibiotics is not necessary. The major complication after the procedure is bleeding. Generally, buccal and palatal mucosal lesions result with minimal bleeding. Tongue lesions may bleed more due to vascularity of the genioglossus muscle. Cauterization of bleeding points minimizes postprocedure bleeding. Deep sutures closing the tongue musculature may also be helpful in managing hemostasis.

Read more about the excision of mouth lesions.

Follow Medscape on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and YouTube

Comments

3090D553-9492-4563-8681-AD288FA52ACE
Comments on Medscape are moderated and should be professional in tone and on topic. You must declare any conflicts of interest related to your comments and responses. Please see our Commenting Guide for further information. We reserve the right to remove posts at our sole discretion.
Post as:

processing....