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Recurrent laryngeal nerve injury with anterior cervical spine surgery risk with laterality of surgical approach.

Authors
  • Beutler, W J
  • Sweeney, C A
  • Connolly, P J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Spine
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Jun 15, 2001
Volume
26
Issue
12
Pages
1337–1342
Identifiers
PMID: 11426148
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The incidence of RLN symptoms after surgery was 2.7% (9 of 328). The incidence of RLN symptoms was 2.1% with anterior cervical discectomy, 3.5% with corpectomy (5 of 141), 3% with instrumentation (8 of 237), and 9.5% with reoperative anterior surgery (2 of 21). There was a significant increase in the rate of injury with reoperative anterior fusion. There was no association between the side of approach and the incidence of RLN symptoms.

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