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Aberrant position of nonrecurrent inferior laryngeal nerve: report of 3 cases and a review of the literature.

The presence of a nonrecurrent inferior laryngeal nerve (NRILN) is a significant risk factor for nerve injury during thyroid, parathyroid, and vascular surgeries involving the paratracheal area of the head and neck. The objective of this report is to review the association between an aberrant right subclavian artery (SCA) identified on preoperative imaging and an NRILN identified intraoperatively during thyroid and parathyroid surgery. We reviewed 3 selected cases in which we preoperatively identified an aberrant right SCA and determined the intraoperative position of the inferior laryngeal nerve on the right. It is important to note that 1 of these cases demonstrated that the inferior laryngeal nerve may be....

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Title Annotation:ONLINE EXCLUSIVES
Author:Willson, Thomas J.; Stevens, Jayne; Salinas, Nathan; Brennan, Joseph A.
Publication:Ear, Nose and Throat Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Jun 1, 2016
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