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Otorinolaringologia 2013 June;63(2):63-73

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Management of complications in thyroid neoplasm

Chambers A. J. 1, Stuart H. 1, Pasieka J. L. 2

1 Department of Surgical Oncology, St Vincent’s Hospital and University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia;
2 Divisions of Surgical Oncology and Endocrine Surgery Department of Surgery, University of Calgary and the Tom Baker Neoplasm Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


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Surgery remains the most important modality in the management of thyroid neoplasm. Advances in the preoperative investigation and postoperative management of patients with thyroid neoplasm combined with refinements in surgical technique and advances in surgical instrumentation have meant that surgery for this condition can be performed safely and with very low rates of morbidity and mortality when performed by appropriately trained, skilled and experienced surgeons. This paper reviews the incidence and management of complications associated with surgery for thyroid neoplasm; particularly injury to the recurrent laryngeal and superior laryngeal nerves, hypoparathyroidism, postoperative hemorrhage and less commonly occurring complications.

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