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Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2008 May;134(5):536-8. doi: 10.1001/archotol.134.5.536.

Consensus statement on the classification and terminology of neck dissection.

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Division of Otolaryngology, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL 62794-9677, USA. trobbins@siumed.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To update the guidelines for neck dissection terminology, as previously recommended by the American Head and Neck Society.

PARTICIPANTS:

Committee for Neck Dissection Classification, American Head and Neck Society; representation from the Committee for Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (T.A.D.).

EVIDENCE:

Review of current literature on neck dissection classification.

CONSENSUS PROCESS:

Semiannual face-to-face meetings of the Committee for Neck Dissection Terminology and e-mail correspondence.

CONCLUSIONS:

Standardization of terminology for neck dissection is important for communication among clinicians and researchers. New recommendations have been made regarding the following: boundaries between levels I and II and between levels III/IV and VI; terminology of the superior mediastinal nodes; and the method of submitting surgical specimens for pathologic analysis.

PMID:
18490577
DOI:
10.1001/archotol.134.5.536
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