Recurrent laryngeal nerve diameter increases during thyroidectomy

Jonathan Serpell, Stacey Woodruff, Michael Bailey, Simon Grodski, Meei Yeung

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Background Temporary recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) palsy after thyroidectomy is usually due to a neurapraxia. Voice changes after thyroidectomy, in the absence of RLN palsy, are common. We postulated that this is due to edema and consequent increased diameter of the RLN during thyroidectomy. The aim of this study was to document changes in the diameter of the RLN during surgery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1742 - 1747
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of Surgical Oncology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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