Clinical Course of Unusual Malignant Sarcomas of Head and Neck

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Abstract

The clinical manifestations of 29 recently encountered sarcomas of the head and neck were analyzed in an attempt to define more accurately the diagnostic characteristics and therapeutic responses of these unusual tumors. The host factors of age, sex distribution, race, habits and associated features differ sufficiently to distinguish the sarcoma from the carcinoma population. In addition, the clinical course of sarcoma patients as monitored by mode of presentation, site of involvement, tumor histology, diagnostic features and certain elements of management and outcome, further indicates that these tumors can be defined and managed as a distinct group of lesions. A review of the recent literature supports the major conclusions of this study.

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