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September 1980

Functional Neck Dissection: A Description of Operative Technique

Author Affiliations

From the Otorhinolaryngology Clinic, University of Milan, Milan, Italy (Drs Bocca and Pignataro), and the Section of Otolaryngology, Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn (Dr Sasaki).

Arch Otolaryngol. 1980;106(9):524-527. doi:10.1001/archotol.1980.00790330004004

• The operative technique involved in functional neck dissection is described to clarify its stepwise execution. Recent interest in functional preservation demands therapeutic techniques that are oncologically reliable but not mutilating. The functional neck dissection seems to be a reasonable alternative to radical radiotherapy and a preferred alternative to traditional neck dissection in the control of regional metastasis when disease in the neck is either occult or still confined to mobile lymph nodes.

(Arch Otolaryngol 106:524-527, 1980)

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