Non-recurrent laryngeal nerve and aberrant vasculature

Tsu-Hui (Hubert) Low, Anthony Clifford

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Background: The incidence of non-recurrent laryngeal (RLN) nerve is around 0.5%. Injury to the nerve results in significant morbidity. Methods and Results: A case of a 63-year old lady with a non-RLN and an aberrant subclavian artery was described. A successful thyroidectomy was performed with subcapsular dissection and identification of the RLN medially. Embryogenesis and anatomical variations of the non-RLN were reviewed, and their clinical importance was discussed. Conclusions: It is important for surgeons who regularly perform thyroidectomies to be aware of the association between aberrant subclavian artery and the presence of non-RLN.
Original languageEnglish
Article number224147
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Case Reports in Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Thyroidectomy
  • recurrent laryngeal nerve
  • aberrant subclavian artery


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