Encouraged by evidence of returning function after the first two operations, I have continued my observations on the effect of suturing the descendens hypoglossi to the recurrent laryngeal nerve, with the cooperation of Dr. Chevalier Jackson. Up to the present time, twelve patients have passed through the clinic; in nine of these the paralysis of one or both vocal cords followed a thyroidectomy, in one a gunshot wound, and in one an attempt at suicide. One case was not of traumatic origin. Of this number, six patients have been operated on, two of them on both right and left nerves. Thus there were nine operations in all; once the recurrent nerve could not be found; in the remaining seven, a satisfactory suture was effected. The ninth was a neurolysis. In three cases, already function is returning. The others have been operated on too recently to warrant a report.
FRAZIER CH. ANASTOMOSIS OF THE RECURRENT LARYNGEAL NERVE WITH THE DESCENDENS NONI: IN CASES OF RECURRENT LARYNGEAL PARALYSIS. JAMA. 1924;83(21):1637–1641. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660210007002
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