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Saffold SH, Wax MK, Nguyen A, et al. Sensory Changes Associated With Selective Neck Dissection. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2000;126(3):425–428. doi:10.1001/archotol.126.3.425
To evaluate sensory changes in the head and neck region associated with selective neck dissection with or without preservation of cervical root branches.
Retrospective cohort study.
University tertiary referral hospital and a Veterans Affairs hospital.
Fifty-seven patients who had undergone 84 neck dissections with or without preservation of the sensory cervical root branches 3 or more months before evaluation.
Questionnaire combined with head and neck sensory examination.
Main Outcome Measures
Neck and facial sensory function.
Neck dissections with preservation of the cervical rootlets were most likely to be associated with a small area of anesthesia in the upper neck below the body of the mandible and anterior to the mid-body of the mandible (P=.03). Neck dissections without rootlet-preserving technique increased the area of anesthesia to include all other areas of the neck (P=.02).
Preservation of the cervical root branches resulted in a small, limited, and uniform area of the neck rendered permanently anesthetic. Conversely, sacrifice of the nerve branches led to a pattern of anesthesia involving the entire neck.
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