Recurrent laryngeal nerve diameter increases during thyroidectomy

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Abstract

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
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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