Your institution is subscribed to Read Institutional Edition. Log in or Sign Up to read full text articles.


Completion thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer

O Makay, O Unalp, G Icoz, M Akyildiz, E Yetkin
Acta Chirurgica Belgica 2006, 106 (5): 528-31

BACKGROUND: Whether thyroid re-operations are associated with an increased complication risk is controversial. The aim of this study was to perform a retrospective analysis of patients undergoing re-operative surgery of the thyroid. We analyzed the safety and the impact of delay on complications before undertaking radicalization thyroidectomy.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: From January 1996 to July 2002, 150 consecutive patients with thyroid cancer were treated in our institution. A total of 62 patients underwent completion thyroidectomy. Twenty-seven had undergone their initial operation in our centre. Medical and pathologic data were obtained retropectively.

RESULTS: Pathological examination of the specimen after completion surgery revealed malignancy in a total of 35% of 62 patients. The time interval between initial surgery and completion thyroidectomy ranged from 5 days to 24 months (mean 3.1 months). Complications after re-operation were transient recurrent nerve injury in 1.6%, transient hypoparathyroidism in 4.8%, permanent hypoparathyroidism in 1.6% and chylous discharge in 1.6% of the patients. There was no significant difference between complication rates in patients operated on within 90 days or those operated on after this period (p > 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS: This study suggests that completion thyroidectomy is safe in the hands of experienced endocrine surgeons and the timing of re-operation has no impact on the development of complications.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Save your favorite articles in one place with a free QxMD account.


Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"

We want to hear from doctors like you!

Take a second to answer a survey question.