Primary Repair Versus No Repair for Transected Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve

  • Alexander LangermanEmail author
  • Cheryl C. Nocon
Part of the Difficult Decisions in Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach book series (DDSURGERY)


This chapter will examine the data regarding this rare but serious complication of thyroid surgery. We evaluated the available literature for recommendations regarding immediate primary repair versus no repair in patients with an identified transected RLN during thyroid surgery.


Recurrent laryngeal nerve transection Vocal cord paralysis Thyroidectomy complication 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OtolaryngologyVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryNorthShore University HealthSystem, Kellogg Cancer CenterEvanstonUSA

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