Neck Dissection Specimens

The vast majority of neck dissection specimens are submitted for neoplastic conditions although occasionally nodes from Level I may be removed to facilitate access to vessels for microvascular anastomosis during reconstructive jaw surgery. Neck dissection specimens may be classified as "comprehensive" neck dissection specimens (radical or modified radical neck dissections) or selective neck dissection specimens (e.g., suprahyoid or supraomohyoid neck dissection specimens). These are listed in Table 19.1.

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