Stevenson and coworkers were the first to describe the successful removal of a clival chordoma by means of the transcervical approach in 1966. After the results obtained using the transoral and transpalatal approaches had been disappointing, the authors sought an anterior approach that would not entail the drawback of a transmucous approach, namely the danger of infection. The preliminary experiments of White and Albin (1962) and considerable anatomical research of his own finally enabled Stevenson to develop this approach.
KeywordsInternal Carotid Artery Vagus Nerve Styloid Process Hypoglossal Nerve Odontoid Process
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