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Nonrecurrent Laryngeal Nerve: Thyroid Surgeons’ Paradise

Ritesh Agrawal

Keywords : Aberrant right subclavian artery, Arteria lusoria, Nonrecurrent laryngeal nerve

Citation Information : Agrawal R. Nonrecurrent Laryngeal Nerve: Thyroid Surgeons’ Paradise. World J Endoc Surg 2022; 14 (1):35-35.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10002-1425

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 16-07-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


This article presents a picture of a nonrecurrent laryngeal nerve found during surgery for a benign parathyroid tumor along with a thyroid nodule. The patient had recurrent renal stones, worked up, and was found to have hypercalcemia due to primary hyperparathyroidism along with a nodule in the right lobe of the thyroid. A preoperative computed tomography (CT) scan identified a right aberrant subclavian artery. During surgery, we found a nonrecurrent laryngeal nerve originating from the vagus nerve higher up in the neck and entering directly into the larynx by taking a curved course as shown in the picture. The nerve was saved at full length and postoperatively, and there was no vocal dysfunction.

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