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Dr James Langtry
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As the incidence of non melanoma skin cancer rises, dermatologists will increasingly be called upon to perform excisions in the head and neck region. Damage to the motor nerves of the head and neck represents an important adverse event for patients, and a source of litigation for surgeons. Understanding the anatomy of this region is key to counselling patients about the possibility of motor nerve injury associated with particular skin surgical procedures. We describe the anatomy of the motor nerves of the head and neck that are most vulnerable to injury during dermatological surgery. The consequences of injury are outlined, and the surface anatomy and anatomical landmarks that may be used to identify the relevant danger zones are described.
Author(s): Brown SM, Oliphant T, Langtry J
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Print publication date: 01/08/2014
Online publication date: 14/07/2014
Acceptance date: 06/02/2014
ISSN (print): 0307-6938
ISSN (electronic): 1365-2230