CATALIN STEFAN, GABRIEL LOSTUN, ALEXANDRA LOSTUN LUGOL IODINE STAINING TEST IN EARLY DETECTION OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER Head and neck cancer represents 3% of malignancies, and it is associated with high mortality due to advanced stage diagnosis. In early stages, the symptomatology can either be absent or be very common, misleading the patient who often ignores it. Early diagnosis of head and neck neoplasia is essential for a favorable long-term outcome. Lately new in vivo examination techniques were developed, and older ones have been improved. Today, in vivo staining techniques are an important tool in the diagnostic of head and neck cancer. Lugol iodine staining method provides valuable information concerning the tumor, allowing the surgeon to differentiate premalignant and malignant lesions.
Key words: lugol iodine, head and neck cancer, early diagnosis