Caudal mandibulectomy is a surgical procedure involving removal of segment of the vertical ramus of the mandible. Caudal mandibulectomy is indicated for tumors confined to the vertical ramus with no extension on to the mandibular body. There are two variations of caudal mandibulectomy with either preservation or resection of the temporomandibular joint, and this depends on the location and extent of the tumor. Regardless, resection of the zygomatic arch is required for exposure and resection of the vertical ramus. Complications are rare following caudal mandibulectomy.


 Last updated on 6th March 2017