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what are side effects of a radical neck dissection?

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Dr. Murthy Andavolu
Hematology and Oncology 32 years experience
Facial Paralysis and: Facial paralysis and loss of taste sensation and numbness of the face.
Dr. Steve Martinez
Breast Surgery 28 years experience
List: A radical neck dissection will leave a scar and may be associated with a physical indentation in the neck if muscle is removed. There may be nerve damage leading to neck numbness and paralysis of the trapezius muscle, diaphragm, or arm musculature. There may be facial swelling, bleeding, infection, lymphatic leakage and more.
Dr. Hassan Arshad
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 16 years experience
Several: Some of the risks are pain, bleeding, infection, cosmetic deformity, shoulder weakness (very likely), injury to the motor nerve to your lip, earlobe numbness, lymphatic leakage, and stroke. It is extremely unusual to have complete facial paralysis, arm or diaphragm weakness unless done by someone with little experience.

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I was wondering what are the side effects of a radical neck dissection?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Depends on cause: Most often radical neck dissections are done by ENT surgeons for cancer. Side effects are dependent on the location of the cancer and invasiveness. Some of the potential side effects based on the anatomy of the region include damage/injury to the large vessels-ie. Carotid artery, jugular vein. This can lead to stroke. Damage can occur to nerves that control swallowing or the ability to speak.

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