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ansa

(ˈænsə)
n
the apparent extremities of planetary rings, esp those of Saturn, when viewed from such a perspective that they look like handlesany of several features of the nervous system shaped in a loop
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Morphological study of the ansa cervicalis and the phrenic nerve.
NMIHF has a composite structure that is vascularized by the superior thyroid artery and vein pedicle, is innervated by the deep branches of ansa cervicalis, and includes the upper parts of the sternohyoid, sternothyroid and omohyoid muscles (7, 8).
The strap muscles (Sternohyoid, sternothyroid and superior belly of the omohyoid) are located anteriorly and are innervated by the ansa cervicalis (Ansa hypoglossi).
Alternately, the ansa cervicalis (ansa hypoglossi) may be anastamosed to the RLN in an attempt to provide some postoperative function.
We present a case report of the unexpected finding of a schwannoma of the ansa cervicalis in a patient where clinical examination and preoperative imaging suggested a primary thyroid pathology.