Twenty patients with neurofibromas of the head and neck have been observed for periods ranging from ten to 25 years. Seventeen patients had classical von Recklinghausen's disease. Of these, ten showed recurrence or appearance of new lesions after surgical resection, whether it was done during childhood or adulthood. While there is no known means of curing or even arresting neurofibromatosis, it is desirable to remove, as completely as possible, tumors which are deforming or symptomatic. Subsequent operations are often necessary to keep pace with the growth of the tumors. However, surgical resection, incomplete and imperfect as it may be, is extremely useful in improving the apppearance, comfort and quality of life of these unfortunate patients.
|Number of pages
|Surgery Gynecology and Obstetrics
|Published - Jan 1 1985
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology