Nonrecurrent laryngeal nerve during carotid artery surgery: case report and literature review

J Vasc Surg. 2000 Jul;32(1):192-6. doi: 10.1067/mva.2000.105680.


The anomalous position of a nonrecurrent inferior laryngeal nerve predisposes it to injury during surgery in the neck. We present the case of a patient who underwent a carotid endarterectomy in which a rare left nonrecurrent laryngeal nerve was found intraoperatively. This abnormality, which occurs much less often on the left than the right side of the neck, should be familiar to vascular surgeons. Historical, embryologic, and surgical significance of this anomaly is addressed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Carotid Artery, Internal
  • Carotid Stenosis / surgery
  • Endarterectomy, Carotid*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve / abnormalities*