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The Recurrent and Superior Laryngeal Nerves

  • Gregory W. Randolph
  • All chapters written by world class US and International experts in anatomy, surgery and nerve monitoring

  • Visually oriented with color illustrations and photographic representations

  • Presents a new classification system for recurrent laryngeal nerve anatomy

  • Includes supplementary material:


Table of contents

  1. SLN Surgical Anatomy and Monitoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Marcin Barczyński, Jeremy L. Freeman, Claudio R. Cernea
      Pages 187-195
  2. Neural Injury

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Kerstin Lorenz, Rick Schneider, Andreas Machens, Carsten Sekulla, Gregory W. Randolph, Henning Dralle
      Pages 211-221
    3. Gianlorenzo Dionigi, Samuel K. Snyder, Feng-Yu Chiang, Whitney Liddy, Dipti Kamani, Natalia Kyriazidis
      Pages 223-237
    4. Gianlorenzo Dionigi, Gregory W. Randolph, Per Mattsson
      Pages 239-251
    5. Akira Miyauchi, Catherine F. Sinclair, Dipti Kamani, Whitney Liddy, Gregory W. Randolph
      Pages 253-258
    6. Dana M. Hartl, Mark L. Urken, Ilya Likhterov, Dipti Kamani, Gregory W. Randolph
      Pages 259-269
    7. Phillip C. Song, Inna Hussain, Jean Bruch, Ramon A. Franco Jr.
      Pages 271-284
    8. Alexander Gelbardl, James L. Netterville
      Pages 285-293
    9. Daniel D. Lydiatt, William M. Lydiatt, Gregory W. Randolph, Henning Dralle
      Pages 295-299
    10. Craig E. Berzofsky, Amy L. Cooper, Michael Jay Pitman
      Pages 301-308
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 309-313

About this book


  This textbook is designed to deliver a comprehensive up-to-date review of all aspects of recurrent laryngeal nerve and superior laryngeal nerve anatomy including surgically important anatomy, key strategic surgical maneuvers, state-of-the-art neural monitoring, preservation of recurrent and superior laryngeal nerves during thyroidectomy and surgical management. Presently, there is no other single book available, that includes all of these surgically important topics explicitly and in-depth.  The book is visually oriented with color illustrations and  photomicrographs embracing all aspects of recurrent laryngeal nerve anatomy including branching patterns, relationship of the nerve and the inferior thyroid artery and the non-recurrent recurrent laryngeal nerve. A new classification system for recurrent laryngeal nerve anatomy is proposed.  Intraoperative neural monitoring of the nerves is also covered in detail along with new horizons and encompass a practical approach to neural monitoring right from set up, actual monitoring and clinical relevance and usefulness of the monitoring data in making surgical decisions.  The current status of the field is summarized and  placed in context with optimal surgical management of these nerves. All chapters are written by world class US and International experts in anatomy, surgery and nerve monitoring.       

The Recurrent and Superior Laryngeal Nerves will be of great value to Otolaryngologists and General Surgeons, Endocrine Surgeons, Fellows in Endocrine, Head and Neck Surgery, General Surgery and Otolaryngology residents.                  


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gregory W. Randolph
    • 1
  1. 1.The Claire and John Bertucci Endowed ChaHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

About the editors

Gregory W. Randolph's name through his work over the last 20 years, has been associated with the recurrent laryngeal nerve and neural monitoring in thyroid surgery. He has established relationships with many of the key clinicians in this area, all of whom have preliminarily agreed and are excited to contribute on topics assigned to them. The name recognition and international backgrounds of the authors involved in this text is quite substantial.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Recurrent and Superior Laryngeal Nerves
  • Editors Gregory W. Randolph
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-27725-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80202-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-27727-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 313
  • Number of Illustrations 36 b/w illustrations, 100 illustrations in colour
  • Topics General Surgery
    Head and Neck Surgery
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Surgery & Anesthesiology


“The authors intend the book for endocrine surgeons, including otolaryngologists and general surgeons and fellows in endocrine surgery and head and neck surgery, as well as residents in otolaryngology and general surgery. Given the focused topic, those already experienced with thyroid surgery but interested in mastering this thyroid surgical endeavor will find it the most appealing. … The biggest strength of this book is the depth in which it addresses the topics.” (John Cramer, Doody's Book Reviews, September, 2016)