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ISRN Surgery
Volume 2012, Article ID 547017, 10 pages
Review Article

Focus Issue: Neck Dissection for Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA

Received 2 November 2011; Accepted 21 November 2011

Academic Editors: D. Galetta, G. I. Salti, and D. E. Ziogas

Copyright © 2012 Kathryn M. Van Abel and Eric J. Moore. 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.


The staging and prognosis of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma is intimately tied to the status of the cervical lymph nodes. Due to the high risk for occult nodal disease, most clinicians recommend treating the neck for these primary tumors. While there are many modalities available, surgical resection of nodal disease offers both a therapeutic and a diagnostic intervention. We review the relevant anatomy, nodal drainage patterns, clinical workup, surgical management and common complications associated with neck dissection for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma.