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functional neck dissection


Definition: operation to remove metastases to the lymph nodes of the neck; differs from a radical neck dissection by preserving any of the following structures: the sternocleidomastoid muscle, the spinal accessory nerve, and the internal jugular vein.

Synonym(s): limited neck dissection

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