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Posted by CCf Neuro MD on December 22, 1997 at 16:06:23:
In Reply to: Damage to Vagus nerve from endotracheal tube posted by E. Brown on December 22, 1997 at 12:39:01:
: Is there any data which supports the possibility?
In particular Dysphagia which may result?
I have performed a 20 year literature search on the Medline data base
which cross references over 3,600 journals and found only one case report
which refers to damage to the vagus nerve during endotracheal intubation,
this was thought to be due to stretching of the nerve when the neck is
hyperextended to view the vocal cords during intubation. The case report
referred to hoarseness but not to dysphagia and recovery was complete within
Please note a similar recent question in the forum regarding the complications of
cardiac surgery and recurrent laryngeal nerve/ vagus nerve damage in which
possible mechanisms of vagus nerve damage are discussed in the surgical setting.
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