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May 1970

Horizontal Incisions for Radical Neck Dissections

Author Affiliations

Liverpool, England
From the ENT Department, the University of Liverpool (Dr. Stell), and the ENT Department, the United Liverpool Hospitals (Dr. Brown), Liverpool, England.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1970;91(5):485-487. doi:10.1001/archotol.1970.00770040679019

The use of a double horizontal incision is preferred for use in radical neck dissections for patients who have received irradiation to the neck. Three-point junctions should be avoided in the irradiated neck and a vertical limb dispensed with if possible. The adoption of the double horizontal incision in post-irradiation cases has almost doubled the primary healing rate.

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