Results of ansa to recurrent laryngeal nerve reinnervation

Walter T. Lee, Claudio Milstein, Douglas Hicks, Lee M Akst, Ramon M. Esclamado

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Objective: We sought to describe the results of ansa cervicalis to recurrent laryngeal nerve (ansa-RLN) reinnervation for unilateral vocal fold paralysis. Study design: A chart review was performed on patients undergoing ansa-RLN reinnervation for unilateral vocal cord paralysis at a tertiary care center. Patient perceptions of preoperative and postoperative voice quality was surveyed. Acoustic and visual parameters were assessed from videostroboscopy. Results: From a total of 25 study patients, 15 patients underwent both preoperative and postoperativ video stroboscopies. In stroboscopies within 6 months, the average improvement in overall severity, roughness, and breathiness was 69, 79, and 100 percent, respectively. In stroboscopies after 6 months, the average improvement in overall severity, roughness, and breathiness was 63, 66, and 100 percent, respectively. Postoperatively, all patients had reinnervation of the vocal fold. Conclusions: Voice outcomes were improved in patients with preoperative and postoperative stroboscopies. Significance: Ansa-RLN reinnervation should be considered as a treatment for unilateral vocal fold paralysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)450-454
Number of pages5
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Volume136
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve
Stroboscopy
Vocal Cords
Paralysis
Voice Quality
Vocal Cord Paralysis
Acoustics
Tertiary Care Centers

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Results of ansa to recurrent laryngeal nerve reinnervation. / Lee, Walter T.; Milstein, Claudio; Hicks, Douglas; Akst, Lee M; Esclamado, Ramon M.

In: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Vol. 136, No. 3, 03.2007, p. 450-454.

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Lee, Walter T. ; Milstein, Claudio ; Hicks, Douglas ; Akst, Lee M ; Esclamado, Ramon M. / Results of ansa to recurrent laryngeal nerve reinnervation. In: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 2007 ; Vol. 136, No. 3. pp. 450-454.
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