The Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve

Michele P. Morrison, Gregory N. Postma

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Recurrent laryngeal nerve injury can occur from thyroidectomy leading to a temporary (acute) or permanent (chronic) vocal fold paralysis or paresis. The treatment options vary depending on whether one or both vocal folds are paralysed. Laryngeal electromyographic indications and findings are discussed. Surgical treatment options for unilateral vocal fold paralysis are reviewed, including vocal fold injection augmentation, laryngeal framework surgery and laryngeal reinnervation. Treatment options for bilateral vocal fold paralysis are discussed, including tracheostomy, endoscopic suture lateralization, posterior transverse cordotomy and arytenoidectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThyroid Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationPreventing and Managing Complications
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780470659502
StatePublished - Dec 18 2012


  • Laryngeal electromyography
  • Laryngeal reinnervation
  • Recurrent laryngeal nerve
  • Thyroplasty
  • Vocal fold paralysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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