inferior laryngeal nerve

in·fe·ri·or la·ryn·ge·al nerve

the terminal branch of the recurrent laryngeal nerve as the latter passes deep to the inferior pharyngeal constrictor; it supplies the laryngeal mucosa inferior to the vocal folds and all laryngeal muscles except the cricothyroid.
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The presence of a nonrecurrent inferior laryngeal nerve (NRILN) is a significant risk factor for nerve injury during thyroid, parathyroid, and vascular surgeries involving the paratracheal area of the head and neck.
Voice and Swallowing Changes After Thyroidectomy in Patients Without Inferior Laryngeal Nerve Injuries," Surgery 140, no.
Some reports refer to the intralaryngeal portion of the nerve as the inferior laryngeal nerve, but we will continue to employ the term RLN.

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