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Recurrent laryngeal nerve

Kazuki Kano, Tsutomu Sato, Yukio Maezawa, Kenki Segami, Tetsushi Nakajima, Kousuke Ikeda, Tsutomu Hayashi, Takanobu Yamada, Naoto Yamamoto, Takashi Ohshima, Norio Yukawa, Yasushi Rino, Munetaka Masuda, Takashi Ogata, Haruhiko Cho, Takaki Yoshikawa
We report a case of advanced esophageal and gastric cancer that was successfully treated via multimodal therapy. A 65- year-old man with hoarseness was referred to our hospital. He was diagnosed with clinical T4aN2M0, Stage IV esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and clinical T3N1M0, Stage II B gastric adenocarcinoma. He was treated with 3 courses of chemotherapy, administered over 4weeks, with S-1(80mg/m / / 2: day 1-14), cisplatin(60mg/m2: day 1), and docetaxel(40mg/m2: day 1). Computed tomography(CT)revealed shrinkage of the primary esophageal tumor, gastric tumor, and lymph node metastases...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Ho-Sheng Lin, David J Terris
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) injury is one of the most common and serious complications associated with thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Although routine visual identification of the RLN is considered the current standard of care, the role of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) of the RLN is more controversial. RECENT FINDINGS: Despite initial enthusiasm that IONM might substantially reduce the rate of RLN injury, most studies failed to show a significant difference in the rate of RLN injury when the use of IONM was compared with visualization of the RLN alone...
October 14, 2016: Current Opinion in Oncology
Brian H Lang, Tony Shek, Angel On-Kei Chan, C Y Lo, Koon Yat Wan
Background To balance the risk of disease progression, morbidity and efficacy of reoperative central neck dissection (RCND) in papillary thyroid carcinoma, the latest clinical guidelines recommend early surgery over surveillance when the largest diseased node is >8 mm in its smallest dimension. However, the evidence remains scarce. To determine an appropriate size for first-time RCND, we examined the relationship between size of largest diseased central node, morbidity and response-to-therapy following RCND...
October 17, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
William S Duke, F Christopher Holsinger, Emad Kandil, Jeremy D Richmon, Michael C Singer, David J Terris
BACKGROUND: Robotic facelift thyroidectomy (RFT) was developed as a new surgical approach to the thyroid gland using a remote incision site. Early favorable results led to this confirmatory multi-institutional experience. METHODS: Prospectively collected data on consecutive patients undergoing RFT in five North American academic endocrine surgical practices were compiled. Surgical indications, operative times, final pathology, nodule size, complications, and postoperative management (drain use and length of hospital stay) were evaluated...
October 13, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
Alberto M Saibene, Elena Zambrelli, Carlotta Pipolo, Alberto Maccari, Giovanni Felisati, Elena Felisati, Francesca Furia, Aglaia Vignoli, Maria Paola Canevini, Enrico Alfonsi
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a useful tool for drug-resistant epilepsy, but it induces known laryngeal side effects, with a significant role on patients' quality of life. VNS patients may show persistent left vocal fold (LVF) palsy at rest and/or recurrent LVF adduction during stimulation. This study aims at electromyographically evaluating laryngeal muscles abnormalities in VNS patients. We compared endoscopic laryngeal evaluation data in six VNS patients with laryngeal muscle electromyography (LMEMG) carried out on the thyroarytenoid, cricothyroid, posterior cricoarytenoid, and cricopharyngeal muscles...
October 13, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Daniel J Rocke, David P Goldstein, John R de Almeida
Importance: Intraoperative nerve monitoring (IONM) of the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) is used as a tool to decrease the rate of nerve injury, although study findings are divergent on IONM efficacy. The cost-effectiveness of this approach to total thyroidectomy has not been well studied. Objective: To determine whether IONM is a cost-effective intervention in the setting of total thyroidectomy. Design and Setting: This study creates a decision-tree model of total thyroidectomy to analyze, from a societal perspective, the cost-effectiveness of universal IONM (ie, use in every case) vs selective IONM (ie, high-risk cases including reoperative cases, substernal or toxic goiters, and cases with known cancer) vs no IONM (visual identification only)...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Ibrahim Ali Ozemir, Ferman Ozyalvac, Gorkem Yildiz, Tunc Eren, Zeynep Aydin-Ozemir, Orhan Alimoglu
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus may cause degeneration in the myelin and/or axonal structures of peripheral nerves. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of diabetic neuropathy on intraoperative neuromonitoring findings such as latency and amplitude values of the recurrent laryngeal nerves during thyroidectomy. To our knowledge this is the first study to report comparison of the electrophysiologic features of diabetic and non-diabetic patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One-hundred-and-eleven consecutive patients who received neuromonitoring during thyroidectomy between 2013 and 2015 were included to study...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Qi Wang, Zixiang Wu, Gang Chen, Sai Zhang, Gang Shen, Ming Wu
Background Minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) Ivor Lewis has been increasingly performed over the last two decades. To guide the implementation of this technically demanding procedure, a comprehensive assessment of MIE-Ivor Lewis learning curves should include both the general competence to accomplish the procedure and the ability to generate oncological benefits. These objectives are believed to be associated with different phases of the learning curve. Methods A retrospective review of the first 109 patients who underwent MIE-Ivor Lewis by a single qualified surgeon was conducted...
October 5, 2016: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
Chukwudi O Chiaghana, Caleb A Awoniyi
Hemidiaphragmatic paralysis is the most common adverse effect associated with interscalene block. In most cases, it resolves with the resolution of nerve blockade with only an estimated incidence of 0.048% persisting for longer duration. Occasionally, interscalene block is also associated with recurrent laryngeal nerve block and seldom with cranial nerve paresis. We present a case of delayed onset and prolonged hemidiaphragmatic paralysis that was associated with 3 cranial nerve deficits after interscalene nerve block for shoulder surgery performed under general anesthesia in the beach chair position...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Paolo Del Rio, Piercosimo Nisi, Sara Benedicenti, Elisa Bertocchi, Enrico Luzietti, Mario Sianesi
AIM: To evaluate the learning curve in the use of intraoperative neuromonitoring of recurrent laryngeal nerve and vagus in thyroid surgery. MATERIALS OF THE STUDY: We analyzed 140 pts treated consecutively for thyroid disease. All the patients were neuromonitored with Intraoperative neuromonitoring of recurrent laryngeal nerve and vagus. We divided these patients in 7 groups to collect the adverse events during our learning curve. RESULTS: We monitored consecutively 271 nerves...
2016: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
Zhenyang Zhang, Qiancheng Song, Jiangbo Lin, Mingqiang Kang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the application of mesoesophagus suspension technique to improve the upper mediastinal lymph node dissection during thoracoscopic esophagectomy in the treatment of esophageal cancer. METHODS: Clinical data of 164 thoracic esophageal cancer patients who underwent combined thoracoscopic and laparoscopic esophagectomy with two-field lymph node dissection in the Union Hospital of Fujian Medical University between October 2012 and June 2015 were retrospectively analyzed...
September 25, 2016: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Yousheng Mao, Ding Yang, Shugeng Gao, Qi Xue, Jie He
Esophageal cancer is one of the most prevalent carcinoma with an incidence ranking at the fifth and the mortality at the fourth among all the carcinomas in China. Up to now, surgery-based multi-modality treatment is still the most effective treatment for esophageal carcinoma. The surgical approaches for esophageal cancer include left and right thoracic approaches. Esophagectomy through left thoracotomy is the earliest approach applied for esophageal cancer in China, and now is still used frequently for esophageal cancer in northern China...
September 25, 2016: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Sayaka Kuba, Kosho Yamanouchi, Naomi Hayashida, Shigeto Maeda, Toshiyuki Adachi, Chika Sakimura, Fusako Kawakami, Hiroshi Yano, Megumi Matsumoto, Ryota Otsubo, Shuntaro Sato, Hikaru Fujioka, Tamotsu Kuroki, Takeshi Nagayasu, Susumu Eguchi
BACKGROUND: In patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), the role of total thyroidectomy (TT) versus that of thyroid lobectomy (TL) has been controversial. METHODS: This retrospective study was approved by our institutional review board, and the requirement to obtain informed consent was waived. In total, 173 patients with 1- to 5-cm stage cN0 and cM0 PTC tumors treated by curative surgery from 1994 to 2008 were evaluated. Clinicopathologic features and adverse events were compared between patients who underwent TT and those who underwent TL...
September 24, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Frans van Workum, Jolijn van der Maas, Frits J H van den Wildenberg, Fatih Polat, Ewout A Kouwenhoven, Marc J van Det, Grard A P Nieuwenhuijzen, Misha D Luyer, Camiel Rosman
BACKGROUND: Both cervical esophagogastric anastomosis (CEA) and intrathoracic esophagogastric anastomosis (IEA) are used to restore gastrointestinal integrity following minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE). No prospective randomized data on functional outcome, postoperative morbidity, and mortality between these techniques are currently available. METHODS: A comparison was conducted including all consecutive patients with esophageal carcinoma of the distal esophagus or gastroesophageal junction undergoing MIE with CEA or MIE with IEA from October 2009 to July 2014 in 3 high-volume esophageal cancer centers...
September 24, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Yu-Cheng Pei, Hsueh-Yu Li, Cheng-Lun Chen, Alice M K Wong, Pei-Chi Huang, Tuan-Jen Fang
OBJECTIVE: The detailed characteristics and prognosis of nonsurgery-related unilateral vocal fold paralysis (NSUVFP) are currently unclear. This study evaluated the extent of laryngeal nerve lesions and the individual characteristics for patients with NSUVFP. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective, case series. METHODS: Patients with unilateral vocal fold paralysis (UVFP) were evaluated using videolaryngostroboscopy and quantitative laryngeal electromyography...
September 26, 2016: Laryngoscope
Kara Marie Hessel, Erich Wessel, Anthony Olinger, Barth W Wright
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to identify the Anterior and Posterior Extralaryngeal branches (AELB, PELB) of the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve (RLN), measure these branches when present, and determine relationships between gender, sidedness and neck length. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Dissection was completed to level of the thyroid on 45 cadavers. The course of the RLN was then traced superiorly from its entry into the neck. Careful reflection of the thyroid and dissection of the lateral thyroid ligament permitted visualization of the full course of the nerve...
September 26, 2016: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
Azman Mawaddah, Mat Baki Marina, Sawali Halimuddin, Mohd Yunus Mohd Razif, Sani Abdullah
Bilateral vocal fold immobility (BVFI) is commonly caused by injury to the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) and leads to stridor and dyspnea of varying onsets. A retrospective study was done at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre on laser microsurgical posterior cordectomy for BVFI. The objectives were to identify the average duration of onset of stridor from the time of insult and to evaluate the outcome of laser posterior cordectomy as a surgical option. From 1997 to 2007, a total of 31 patients with BVFI were referred for surgery...
July 2016: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
Urte Kunz-Zurbuchen, Heinz Johannes Buhr, Hubert G Hotz, Martin E Kreis, Kai S Lehmann
PURPOSE: To evaluate the rate of surgical complications during the change from subtotal resection to hemithyroidectomy or thyroidectomy over a period of 17 years. METHODS: All operations for benign goiter at our hospital were analyzed for the periods 1996-2002 (Group 1) and 2003-2012 (Group 2). The groups were compared for recurrent laryngeal nerve damage, hypocalcemia, and other surgical complications directly postoperatively. RESULTS: In total, 1462 patients were operated on for goiter between 1996 and 2012...
September 19, 2016: Asian Journal of Surgery
Nina Irawati, Richa Vaish, Devendra Chaukar, Anuja Deshmukh, Anil D'Cruz
To study the incidence of the tubercle of Zuckerkandl (ZT) among Indian patients subjected to thyroid surgery at a tertiary care cancer centre and its relevance in localization of recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN). Prospective study on 144 patients (48 males, 96 females) undergoing thyroidectomy (35 hemithyroidectomies, 109 total thyroidectomies) from September 1st 2010 - February 28th 2013. 144 specimen/253 lobes (129 right, 124 left) were evaluated. Findings were recorded by the same team to ensure consistency...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
Angkoon Anuwong, Matteo Lavazza, Hoon Yub Kim, Che-Wei Wu, Stefano Rausei, Vincenzo Pappalardo, Cesare Carlo Ferrari, Davide Inversini, Andrea Leotta, Antonio Biondi, Feng-Yu Chiang, Gianlorenzo Dionigi
The objective is to compare the consequences of routine visualization (RV) and the application of intermitted (I-IONM), standardized (S-IONM), and continuous monitoring (C-IONM) of recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) management. RV includes that 698 RLNs managed solely with visual identification. In a second period 777, RLNs were handled by the I-IONM. The third period 768 RLNs monitoring was performed according to the standards. C-IONM via VN stimulation included 626 RLNs. The following issues were analyzed and compared per each period study: RLN identification rate, branching detection, assessment of NRLN, intraoperative recognizable nerve damage, stage thyroidectomy rate, transient or definitive lesions, bilateral nerve palsy, and recovery time...
September 20, 2016: Updates in Surgery
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