alexa Mandibular subluxation stabilized by mouthpiece for distal internal carotid artery exposure in carotid endarterectomy
Cardiology

Cardiology

Angiology: Open Access

Author(s): Yoshino M

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The standard approach for carotid endarterectomy cannot provide adequate exposure of the distal internal carotid artery in the presence of high cervical carotid bifurcation or high plaque. Limited accessibility of the distal internal carotid artery has resulted in the development of various operative techniques. Mandibular subluxation is the most simple and least invasive technique, but it does require invasive maneuvers, such as wiring, to stabilize the mandible. We use a mouthpiece made by the dentist to stabilize the mandible in the physiologic subluxated position. This technique provides an adequate exposure of the distal internal carotid artery as with the other methods, and the risk of morbidity is very low.

This article was published in J Vasc Surg and referenced in Angiology: Open Access

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