Carotid Artery Exposure
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Carotid Artery Exposure

The Carotid Artery Exposure will teach you:

  • To gain access to the carotid artery. This may be done for a number of indications such as: arterial occlusive disease; trauma and aneurysmal disease.

Special attention is paid to the following hazards you may encounter during the Carotid Artery Exposure:

  • Marginal mandibular nerve injury
  • Great auricular nerve injury
  • Vagus nerve injury
  • Hypoglossal nerve injury

With the following tips you might perform the Carotid Artery Exposure even better:

  • Marginal mandibular nerve location
  • Carotid bifurcation level identification
  • Vessel control by encircling twice

After studying the Carotid Artery Exposure course you are familiar with the most common complications:

  • Cervical hematoma
  • Hypoglossal nerve injury
  • Facial nerve injury

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Step by step

Superficial dissection

Skin

Mark

Mark the incision line. Starting just cranial to the jugular notch of sternum, extending along the anterior border of the sternocleidomastoid muscle and stopping caudal to the mastoid process with the midpoint in line with the upper part of the thyroid cartilage – approximating the position of the carotid bifurcation.

Nerve location

To aid approximating the location of the marginal mandibular nerve, the lower border of the mandible may also be marked.

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