It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Spinal Cord Disorders Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 01-04-2013, 02:24 PM   #1
Newbie
(male)
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 3
sman65 HB User
ACDF, solid thyroid nodule and unilateral vocal fold paralysis

My c6-c7 acdf surgery resulted in a permanently paralyzed recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN). It has been a year and a hope for a recovery is now completely gone. I have a very hoarse voice and other problems associated with unilateral vocal fold paralysis. I am curious if anyone knows whether a thyroid nodule located directly behind the incision could have contributed to this?

The RLN is located directly behind the thyroid close to the trachea and esophagus. During the acdf surgery the thyroid gets pushed into the trachea in order to gain access to the spine. When the retractors are put in place the thyroid, RLN, and trachea are squeezed and stretched (I have a diagram that articulates this very well but I don't know how to attach, if possible). My point is, can an enlarged thyroid located behind the incision increase the stretch of the RLN making it prone to injury?

I am curious if anyone familiar with the anatomy of the neck and the acdf procedure can provide their input. If you know of any studies on thyroid nodules and the effect they have on RLN stretch during acdf procedures I would greatly appreciate your input.

 
Closed Thread




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



WebDozer (269), jennybyc (197), Realhousewife (42), kenzibenzi (33), NJ Ldy (32), SpineAZ (31), frenchfri1003 (21), teteri66 (19), ladybud (19), feelbad (18)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1139), MSJayhawk (942), Apollo123 (859), janewhite1 (823), Titchou (773), Gabriel (743), ladybud (667), sammy64 (666), midwest1 (655), BlueSkies14 (610)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:15 PM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.com™
Copyright and Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!