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VOLUME 5 , ISSUE 3 ( September-December, 2014 ) > List of Articles


The Study of Utility of Single Drop Neck Incision for Neck Dissection

Vikas Sadashiv Gosavi, Shriniketan Shirish Kale

Citation Information : Gosavi VS, Kale SS. The Study of Utility of Single Drop Neck Incision for Neck Dissection. Int J Head Neck Surg 2014; 5 (3):140-143.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10001-1200

Published Online: 01-12-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2014; The Author(s).



Neck dissection forms integral part in the radical treatment of carcinoma of the oral cavity. In this study, we have examined usefulness of the single drop neck incision.

Materials and methods

All the patients with carcinoma of oral cavity which were operated with the single drop neck incision were studied as they were called for follow-up. Their complications, cosmetic outcome and range of shoulder and neck movements were studied.


Total 32 patients were eligible for the study. Average follow-up was about 7 months (1-16 months). Twelve (38%) patients had difficulty in lifting weights and doing manual work at occupation like farm work, etc. Four (12.5%) patients were not happy with their cosmetic outcome. Three (9.4%) patients had hypertrophied scar. One patient had severe trismus and four (12.5%) had marginal skin necrosis.


This study concluded that the single drop neck incision is a very useful tool to perform neck dissection with acceptable morbidity with good postoperative cosmetic outcome.

How to cite this article

Gosavi VS, Kale SS. The Study of Utility of Single Drop Neck Incision for Neck Dissection. Int J Head Neck Surg 2014;5(3):140-143.

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