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Challenges associated with vascular access through the common carotid artery during embalming procedures in humans: A technical note

Zygmunt A. Domagała1, Mateusz Mazurek2, Oskar Kozłowski2, Mateusz Drążyk2, Victoria Tarkowski2, Jurand Domański1, Paweł Dąbrowski, Sławomir Woźniak1
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  1. Division of Anatomy, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland
  2. Clinical and Dissecting Anatomy Students Scientific Club, Medicine Faculty, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland

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Background: The teaching of anatomy is a key component in the training of physicians, and the foundation of this teaching is the human body, which must be properly prepared to be used as a teaching aid. Due to a lack of modern literature on this topic, we decided to write a technical note discussing access to the carotid artery. Materials and methods: We pre-qualified 43 donor bodies for the study. The bodies had to meet standards such as no signs of post-mortem decomposition, preservation of body integrity, and the absence of known infections. Carotid artery access was performed based on descriptions of the types of vascular access performed in surgery and our own observations. Results: We consider carotid artery access to be a convenient option due to its ease of location. When performed correctly and with attention to the surrounding structures, it is relatively low in tissue trauma, which translates into a higher quality of preparation. Data analysis has revealed several factors that can have a significant impact on the success of the embalming procedure. Conclusions: Proper execution of minimally invasive access to the common carotid artery minimizes tissue damage and ensures a high success rate of the procedure. Knowledge of the types of vascular access is essential for preparing the highest quality specimens.

Abstract

Background: The teaching of anatomy is a key component in the training of physicians, and the foundation of this teaching is the human body, which must be properly prepared to be used as a teaching aid. Due to a lack of modern literature on this topic, we decided to write a technical note discussing access to the carotid artery. Materials and methods: We pre-qualified 43 donor bodies for the study. The bodies had to meet standards such as no signs of post-mortem decomposition, preservation of body integrity, and the absence of known infections. Carotid artery access was performed based on descriptions of the types of vascular access performed in surgery and our own observations. Results: We consider carotid artery access to be a convenient option due to its ease of location. When performed correctly and with attention to the surrounding structures, it is relatively low in tissue trauma, which translates into a higher quality of preparation. Data analysis has revealed several factors that can have a significant impact on the success of the embalming procedure. Conclusions: Proper execution of minimally invasive access to the common carotid artery minimizes tissue damage and ensures a high success rate of the procedure. Knowledge of the types of vascular access is essential for preparing the highest quality specimens.

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tissue fixation, human specimen, cadaver, embalming procedure, formaldehyde

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Challenges associated with vascular access through the common carotid artery during embalming procedures in humans: A technical note

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Folia Morphologica

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2023-12-19

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10.5603/fm.95539

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38152921

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tissue fixation
human specimen
cadaver
embalming procedure
formaldehyde

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Zygmunt A. Domagała
Mateusz Mazurek
Oskar Kozłowski
Mateusz Drążyk
Victoria Tarkowski
Jurand Domański
Paweł Dąbrowski
Sławomir Woźniak

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