lateral ligature

lateral ligature

An obsolete term for a suture used to control blood flow through, but not completely occlude, a “feeding” artery.
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The possible causes of HS after thyroid surgery have been attributed to the postoperative formation of a hematoma compressing the cervical sympathetic chain, ischaemia-induced damage caused by a lateral ligature on the inferior thyroid artery trunk, stretching of the cervical sympathetic chain by the tip of the retractor, and damage to communication between the cervical sympathetic chain and the recurrent laryngeal nerve during its identification [6].
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