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      Is it meaningful to preserve a palsied recurrent laryngeal nerve?

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          Surgeons may assume intuitively that preservation of a palsied recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) in patients with preoperative vocal cord paralysis is not meaningful. Here we present our experience in four cases with preoperative vocal cord paralysis, and show that preservation of a palsied RLN may be important in maintaining patients' voice.

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          Journal
          Thyroid
          Thyroid : official journal of the American Thyroid Association
          Mary Ann Liebert Inc
          1050-7256
          1050-7256
          Mar 2008
          : 18
          : 3
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital-Kaohsiung Medical Center, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Taiwan, No. 123 Ta-pei Road, 833 Niao-sung Hsiang, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
          Article
          10.1089/thy.2007.0124
          18303959

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