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July 2002

Classification and Terminology of Neck Dissection

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002;128(7):747-748. doi:10.1001/archotol.128.7.747

A NOTEWORTHY article by Robbins et al1 in this issue of the ARCHIVES describes an update of the original classification of neck dissection published in 19912 and proposed by the Committee for Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology of the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS). Recognizing the need to standardize the expanding terminology on neck dissection procedures, the Committee has defined the anatomical boundaries for lymph node dissection and recommended principles on which the terminology for neck dissection surgical procedures should be based.

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