Review of "Cartilage Framework Reconstruction After Resection of Thyroid Cartilage Chondrosarcoma: A Case Report" by Navach V, Chu F, Cattaneo A, Zorzi S, Scelsi D, Ansarin M in Otolaryngology Case Reports 2017; 4:12–4

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Section Editor – Head and Neck Oncological Surgery Todd Hanna, MD, DDS, A-FACS New York City, NY, USA.

December 28, 2017

J Diagn Treat Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2017;1:132−3.

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Hanna T. Review of "Cartilage framework reconstruction after resection of thyroid cartilage chondrosarcoma: a case report" by Navach V, Chu F, Cattaneo A, Zorzi S, Scelsi D, Ansarin M in Otolaryngology Case Reports 2017;4:12–4. J Diagn Treat Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2017;1(3−4):132−3.


This was a well written and creative case report on thyroid cartilage reconstruction (Fig 1) using a novel and simple technique of a free cartilage graft.

     As noted by the authors, there is literature to support the benefit of thyroid cartilage reconstruction by reducing incidence of airway collapse and emphysema. I do feel that this is somewhat subjective as there is literature to support unaffected levels of airway and respiratory function with no reconstruction for hemisphere resection of thyroid cartilage. I feel that that literature should also at least be addressed in this paper to be candid and objective.


     I do feel that this method of reconstruction is simple with minimal donor sire morbidity, risk of major complications, or markedly increased operative time.


     My only criticisms are:

1. That it should address the literature suggesting it may not be needed, as well as the literature stating is of benefit.

2. In cases where a soft tissue envelope is not maintained, a nonvascularized graft would be a poor choice.


     In short, well written, useful paper.