laryngeal nerve symposium (LNS2011)

Venue: Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Event Date/Time: Mar 11, 2011 End Date/Time: Mar 12, 2011
Early Registration Date: Jan 31, 2011
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Complications of any surgical procedure are a sensitive measure of the quality. Recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) paralysis is a known complication of thyroid surgery. Even for experienced surgeons, a number of patients will have temporary laryngeal paralysis or paresis, which for some will become permanent. Complication rate after thyroid surgery varies widely from surgeon to surgeon and from center to center. There is approximately a 1% recurrent nerve injury rate from thyroidectomy, and a similar, though less easily recognized incidence of superior laryngeal nerve injury. Surgery on thyroid gland is one of the causes of recurrent laryngeal nerve paralysis, recurrent nerve dysfunction or injury can occur also with anterior spine surgery and with reoperative carotid endarterectomy. Strategies for avoiding injuries include careful surgical technique and intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring.
The consequence of RLN injury is the true vocal fold paresis or paralysis with varying degrees of symptoms and signs depending upon the severity and side of involvement. It decreases quality of life due to poor voice quality and increased vocal effort. Dysphagia and aspiration are other potential sequelae of unilateral vocal fold paralysis. Bilateral RLN injury is a severe, life threatening complication that results in airway obstruction and requires immediate attention.
Today there are several surgical techniques that improve patients' voice quality and quality of life and eliminate aspiration in unilateral vocal cord paralysis, in case of bilateral injury the principal goal for surgery is to improve air way patency.
We will travel around the laryngeal nerve- how to avoid the iatrogenic injuries, what to do in temporary and in permanent, uni- or bilateral vocal cord palsy, what are the new therapeutic options.


Dam, 9. 1012 JS Amsterdam , The Netherlands