Monday, March 15, 2010
We (myself and my father) operated on Florence in December to remove a low grade mucoepidermoid carcinoma (minor salivary gland tumor) of the hard palate.
The tumor covered 75% of the hard palate and to remove it we stripped the mucosa off leaving raw palatal bone. After seeing her 1 months later I was concerned that the tumor had reoccurred. There was bleeding, raw palatal bone exposed, and very slow healing. You can see the original excisional biopsy specimen above.
When I heard Florence was here at Kijabe Dental again for her reevaluation I was dreading seeing what her mouth would look like. I was expecting bleeding, poor healing, and the necessity of a rebiopsy to check for reoccurrence or her cancer. But to my surprise the palate was now covered with healthy, pink, firm, stippled gingiva, and no signs of cancer.
Florence as you can see was pleased as was I.