Anatomical variations of recurrent laryngeal nerve during thyroid surgery: how to identify and handle the variations with intraoperative neuromonitoring.

@article{Chiang2010AnatomicalVO,
  title={Anatomical variations of recurrent laryngeal nerve during thyroid surgery: how to identify and handle the variations with intraoperative neuromonitoring.},
  author={Feng-Yu Chiang and I J Lu and Hui-Chun Chen and H D Chen and C. Tsai and P L Hsiao and Ka-Wo Lee and Che-Wei Wu},
  journal={The Kaohsiung journal of medical sciences},
  year={2010},
  volume={26 11},
  pages={575-83}
}
Recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) palsy is the most common and serious complication after thyroid surgery. Visual identification of the RLN during thyroid surgery has been shown to be associated with lower rates of palsy, and although it has been recommended as the gold standard for RLN treatment, it does not guarantee success against postoperative vocal cord paralysis. Anatomical variations of the RLN, such as extra-laryngeal branches, distorted RLN, intertwining between branches of the RLN and… CONTINUE READING
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