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International Journal of Surgical Oncology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 750456, 4 pages
Review Article

Neck Dissection for Thoracic Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Department of Surgery, Toho University Omori Medical Center, 6-11-1 Omori-Nishi, Ota-Ku, Tokyo 143-8541, Japan

Received 9 August 2011; Accepted 23 November 2011

Academic Editor: André M. Eckardt

Copyright © 2012 Satoshi Yajima et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Subtotal esophagectomy with extended lymph node dissection is a standard procedure for thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Three-field lymphadenectomy, including neck dissection, is a standard type of lymph node dissection for complete clearance of tumor cells. Based on various series of analyses for lymph node metastases, the appropriate indication for neck dissection has been clarified. Herein, we describe the established techniques of neck dissection and review recent topics of three-field lymph node dissection for thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.