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The Non-recurrent Laryngeal Nerve — A Rare Phenomenon Which Requires Vigilance

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2014.223
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303–4

INTRODUCTION

The recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) innervates all the important laryngeal muscles except the cricothyroid. Careful dissection of the RLN during surgery reduces the risk of damage. The non-RLN (NRLN) is a rare anatomical anomaly of the RLN, with an incidence of 0.5 to 0.7% in thyroid surgery (1). It is difficult to identify this anomaly preoperatively unless an associated vascular anomaly is suspected. This study aims to emphasize the awareness of the possibility of a NRLN to prevent iatrogenic injury.

Accepted: 
31 Oct, 2014
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e-Published: 07 May, 2015
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