Is it necessary to preserve the posterior branch of the great auricular nerve in parotidectomy?

@article{Min2007IsIN,
  title={Is it necessary to preserve the posterior branch of the great auricular nerve in parotidectomy?},
  author={Hyun Jung Min and Hyung Seok Lee and Yong Seop Lee and Jin Hyeok Jeong and Seok Hyun Cho and Seung Hwan Lee and Kyung Rae Kim and Chul Won Park and Kyung Tae},
  journal={Otolaryngology--head and neck surgery : official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery},
  year={2007},
  volume={137 4},
  pages={636-41}
}
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the necessity of preserving the posterior branch of the great auricular nerve during parotidectomy. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING Forty-six patients undergoing parotidectomy were prospectively analyzed. Twenty-four patients had preservation of the posterior branch of the great auricular nerve; in the remaining 22 patients the nerve was sacrificed. A sensory index score was defined as the area involved multiplied by the intensity grade of sensory loss. Quality-of-life was… CONTINUE READING

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