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IP Indian Journal of Anatomy and Surgery of Head, Neck and Brain

Importance of recognition of external branch of SLN in thyroid surgeries

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Author Details: O G Prakash, Reshmina Chandni Clara Dsouza, Gauthum Roy, Elroy Saldanha

Volume : 4

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2581-5229

Print ISSN : 2581-5210

Article First Page : 4

Article End Page : 5


Introduction and Objective: The superior laryngeal nerve is one of the most commonly encountered nerves during thyroidectomy and can be a real challenge to the operating surgeon owing to its location. The SLN has been accredited with a much a smaller amount of importance in the clinical scenario as compared to the RLN. In this study we aimed to compare the post operative complications in those cases in whom all 4 were identified versus those in whom only RLN was recognized and conserved bilaterally.

Keywords: Thyroidectomy, SLN, External branch, Motor innervations, Phonation.

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