Surgical Delight: Nonrecurrent Laryngeal Nerve

JOURNAL TITLE: World Journal of Endocrine Surgery

Author
1. Krishnan Ravikumar
ISSN
0975-5039
DOI
10.5005/jp-journals-10002-1158
Volume
7
Issue
1
Publishing Year
2015
Pages
3
Author Affiliations
    1. Department of Endocrine surgery, Madras Medical college Chennai, Tamil nadu, India
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    Abstract

    Introduction

    A nonrecurrent course is an unusual anatomic variation of the recurrent laryngeal nerve. It is seen usually on the right side, and it is very rare on the left side. Nonrecurrent laryngeal nerve if present is mostly associated with vascular anomalies.

    Case report

    A 55-year-old female was referred to us with thyrotoxic symptoms for a period of 6 months. She was rendered euthyroid with antithyroid medications. After complete evaluation, she was posted for total thyroidectomy. Intraoperatively, right recurrent nerve could not be identified in usual position. On careful dissection, a nonrecurrent laryngeal nerve was identified. The recurrent laryngeal nerve on the left side showed normal course. The intraoperative and postoperative period were uneventful. Postoperative vocal cord status was normal.

    Conclusion

    This case was presented for its rarity and to stress the need for orderly meticulous surgical dissection.

    How to cite this article

    Ravikumar K, Sadacharan D, Suresh Rv. Surgical Delight: Nonrecurrent Laryngeal Nerve. World J Endoc Surg 2015;7(1):14-16.

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