Fusion of a cervical sympathetic ganglion with the recurrent inferior laryngeal nerve: A case of false positive non-recurrent inferior laryngeal nerve Reküren inferiyor laringeal sinir ile servikal sempatik sinir birleşimi: Yalanci bir nonreküren inferiyor laringeal sinir olgusu

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Yetişir F., Salman A. E., ÖZKARDEŞ A. B., Aydin S. M., Kiliç M.

Turkish Journal of Surgery, vol.29, no.3, pp.150-152, 2013 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/ucd.2013.21
  • Journal Name: Turkish Journal of Surgery
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.150-152
  • Keywords: Sympathetic nerve, recurrent laryngeal nerve, thyroid, non-recurrent laryngeal nerve
  • Lokman Hekim University Affiliated: No


An anastomosis between the recurrent inferior laryngeal nerve (RILN) and the cervical sympathetic ganglion is seen rarely and might be confused with non-recurrent inferior laryngeal nerve (NRILN) in patients undergoing thyroidectomy and parathyroidectomy. In spite of the fact that NRILN is rarely seen and is an important anatomical structure, when damaged, the quality of life of the patient is negatively affected. This case report describes a connection between the RILN and the sympathetic nerve ganglion encountered during nerve dissection in a 43 year old female patient undergoing thyroidectomy and central zone dissection. Key points in the differential diagnosis are discussed. © Copyright 2013 by Turkish Surgical Association.