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I have termed this the "T incision." It consists of a horizontal portion and a vertical portion, as its name indicates.
The horizontal portion practically coincides with Dowd's upper incision. It is begun about 1 inch below the lobe of the ear and runs forward toward the median line of the neck parallel with the ramus of the inferior maxillary bone and in one of the furrows of the skin. This is represented in the illustration by the line A-B.
From the middle of this incision begins the vertical portion, which runs downward and slightly backward toward the junction of the middle and outer thirds of the clavicle, a-b.
This incision is particularly advantageous in extensive tuberculous or malignant disease of the cervical glands.
Through the horizontal portion may be removed the superficial collar of glands or any deeper glands in the submaxillary triangle. It may be extended backward to
McIlvaine WE. A NEW INCISION FOR THE RADICAL RESECTION OF TUBERCULOUS GLANDS OF THE NECK. JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(16):1177. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270040165009
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