Prevalence and incidence of shoulder and neck dysfunction after neck dissection: A systematic review

Gane, E., Michaleff, Z., Jaber, K., Hatton, A., McPhail, S., & O'Leary, S. (2015) Prevalence and incidence of shoulder and neck dysfunction after neck dissection: A systematic review. In World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2015, 1-4 May 2015, Singapore.

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Background: Head and neck cancer is a debilitating disease. Not only can the primary tumour cause painful swallowing and speech difficulties, the treatments required to manage it can impact on neck and shoulder musculoskeletal function. In particular, those patients who undergo neck dissection surgery to remove lymph nodes from the neck can acquire accessory nerve injury during the procedure and a resultant loss of shoulder/neck motion, strength and function. Despite changes to surgical techniques that can protect the nerve, patients still report problems post-operatively.

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ID Code: 92783
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Abstract published in Physiotherapy, Volume 101, Supplement 1, May 2015, Pages e438
DOI: 10.1016/
ISSN: 0031-9406
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2016 23:43
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2016 23:43

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