J Korean Dysphagia Soc.  2018 Jan;8(1):1-7. 10.0000/jkdps.2018.8.1.1.

Dysphasia due to Oral Anomaly

  • 1Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Asan Medical Center, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan, Seoul, Korea. ahnkangmin@hanmail.net


Dysphasia related to oral anomaly is a common situation in oral and maxillofacial surgery. The etiology of oral anomalies causing dysphasia can be divided into congenital and acquired disease. Congenital diseases include teratoma or benign tumors and congenital defects such as cleft lip and palate. Benign tumors include cystic hygroma in the neck and hemangioma in the tongue. Certain syndromes with macroglossia and micrognathia are also related to difficulty in swallowing. The three common syndromes are Pierre-Robin syndrome, Beckwith-Widermann syndrome and ectodermal dysplasia. Taken together, these congenital diseases require a multi-discipline approach to obtain optimal results. Representative disease of acquired dysphasia is the oral cavity cancer. Cancer ablation results in tissue defect and decreased motor function. Free flap reconstruction is the choice of treatment following oral cavity caner operation; however, dysphasia after cancer operation is inevitable. In this review article, the full scopes of oral anomaly associated with dysphasia were classified and treatment was suggested.


Oral anomaly; Oral cancer; Reconstruction; Dysphasia; Congenital disease; Syndrome
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