Trifurcation of Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve: A Case Report

Ulusahin M., ÇEKİÇ A. B., Bodur M. S., Tomas K., Arslan M. K.

HASEKI TIP BULTENI-MEDICAL BULLETIN OF HASEKI, vol.56, no.1, pp.78-80, 2018 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/haseki.69885
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.78-80
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Nowadays, thyroidectomy is a frequently performed type of surgery. Although thyroid operations are generally performed without complications, there may be many anatomic variation and complications related with them. Recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) paralysis is a frightening complication of thyroid surgery. For preventing this complication, having a good knowledge and experience about this small anatomic region is necessary. In this paper, we present a case of RLN variation identified in a 36-year-old female patient with multinodular goiter. Thyroidectomy was decided after examinations performed due to palpable swelling in the neck, then, three-branched left RLN was found after proper dissection and preserved during thyroidectomy operation. No complication was observed in the postoperative period and the patient was discharged next day.