What is the role of surgery in the treatment of primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs)?

Updated: Feb 07, 2019
  • Author: Carlo P Honrado, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Obtaining a complete resection of disease with negative margins is paramount in surgically treating primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs) in the head and neck. In some cases, however, the aggressive nature and diffuse spread of these tumors precludes complete surgical excision. Furthermore, complete surgical resection may not be possible when vital structures are involved.


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