The role of comprehensive neck dissection with preservation of the spinal accessory nerve in the clinically positive neck.

@article{Andersen1994TheRO,
  title={The role of comprehensive neck dissection with preservation of the spinal accessory nerve in the clinically positive neck.},
  author={Peter E. Andersen and Jatin P Shah and E Cambronero and Ronald H. Spiro},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  year={1994},
  volume={168 5},
  pages={499-502}
}
BACKGROUND The most significant prognostic factor in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck is the presence of cervical nodal metastases. Radical neck dissection is the standard by which all cervical lymphadenectomy procedures are judged. In the presence of clinically positive nodal metastasis, the benefit of preserving the spinal accessory nerve (SAN) has to be weighed against the possible risk of increased failure in the neck. We performed this retrospective study to… CONTINUE READING
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