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Thomas J. Fahey, III, MD

Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Surgery
Chief, Endocrine Surgery
Director, Endocrine Oncology Program

RLN preservation is of critical importance in thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Functional assessment during thyroidectomy is frequently used to ensure RLN preservation. RLN EMG monitoring has become widely practiced but is associated with issues of technical complexity and reliability, including EMG Loss of Signal (LOS). Dr. Fahey will review a safe and reliable method for RLN functional assessment that can be used to verify false LOS with EMG monitoring or be adapted into routine practice. Adding this method into practice can enhance patient care and overcome technical hurdles associated with EMG monitoring in thyroidectomy surgery.

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