How is the patient positioned for temporal artery biopsy?

Updated: Sep 04, 2018
  • Author: Andrew A Winkler, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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  • Temporal artery biopsy should be performed in a minor procedure or operating room.

  • Adequate lighting is essential, and overhead surgical lights are recommended.

  • The patient should be placed in a supine position with a pillow under his or her knees and the head of the bed elevated 45 degrees. This position is relatively comfortable and prevents venous congestion in the operative field, which can complicate the surgery.

  • The patient is asked to look away from the affected side so that the operative field is facing the surgeon.

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