[Continuous monitoring of the recurrent laryngeal nerve].

  title={[Continuous monitoring of the recurrent laryngeal nerve].},
  author={W Lamad{\'e} and Ralf Brandner and Marieke Brauer and Ernst Hund and Ernst Klar and Ch Herfarth},
  journal={Langenbecks Archiv fur Chirurgie. Supplement. Kongressband. Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Chirurgie. Kongress},
A new "all in one" sensing device for tracing and continuous intraoperative monitoring of the recurrent laryngeal nerve during thyroid surgery is described. The system, based on a double ballooned endotracheal tube, is atraumatic, easy to use and sensitive even to imminent trauma to the nerves. The most striking feature of this instrument is that it operates outside the sterile operating field and truly monitors continuously throughout the operation.