Complications of thyroidectomy

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Complications of thyroidectomy

  1. Recurrent laryngeal nerve injury --> vocal cord paresis, stridor
  2. Hypoparathyroidism --> hypocalcemia (due to removal/injury/devascularization of parathyroid glands)
  3. Bleeding --> airway compromise
  4. Injury to external branch of superior laryngeal nerve --> loss of high note voice
  5. Infection
  6. Seroma
  7. Keloid
Wen T. Shen, Gregg H Jossart, Orlo H Clark. Thyroid and Parathyroid Operations. ACS Surgery: Principle and Practice 2008. BC Decker Inc.

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