Thyroid tubercle of Zuckerkandl: anatomical and surgical experience from 79 thyroidectomies

  title={Thyroid tubercle of Zuckerkandl: anatomical and surgical experience from 79 thyroidectomies},
  author={Cyril Page and Philippe Cuvelier and Aur{\'e}lie Biet and P Bout{\'e} and Maurice Laude and Vladimir Strunski},
  journal={The Journal of Laryngology \& Otology},
  pages={768 - 771}
Abstract Objective: To highlight a poorly known anatomical variation of the lateral lobe of the thyroid gland, which can be useful in identifying the recurrent laryngeal nerve during thyroid surgery. Materials and methods: We performed a three-year prospective study of 79 thyroid surgery patients. Great attention was paid to anatomical variations of the thyroid gland (i.e. the presence or absence of a distinct tubercle of Zuckerkandl), the recurrent laryngeal nerve and the location of the… 
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