Joan J. Sancho

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BACKGROUND The role of central neck dissection (CND) in differentiated thyroid cancer remains controversial. This study aims at elucidating the potential benefits and drawbacks of CND associated to total thyroidectomy in papillary cancer. METHODS Protocols of patients undergoing total thyroidectomy and CND for papillary cancer were reviewed. The following(More)
BACKGROUND Subjective nonspecific upper aerodigestive symptoms (UADS) are not uncommon after thyroidectomy. Their type, duration, and prevalence, however, have not been investigated in a controlled design. The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of UADS after thyroidectomy. METHODS A consecutive cohort of 60 patients who had(More)
BACKGROUND Parathyroid failure is the most common complication after total thyroidectomy but factors involved are not completely understood. Accidental parathyroidectomy and parathyroid autotransplantation resulting in fewer than four parathyroid glands remaining in situ, and intensity of medical treatment of postoperative hypocalcaemia may have relevant(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of enterococcal isolation and factors associated with postoperative enterococcal infection remain ill defined. METHODS A prospective longitudinal observational study was conducted of consecutive patients with a first episode of intra-abdominal infection and a positive microbiological culture who did or did not develop a(More)
BACKGROUND Although the variables that influence the development of post-thyroidectomy hypocalcaemia are now better understood, the risk factors and long-term outcome of persistent hypoparathyroidism (HPP) are poorly defined. A retrospective review of a prospective protocol for the management of post-thyroidectomy hypocalcaemia was performed. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Transient recurrent laryngeal nerve palsy affects to 5-10 per cent of patients after extracapsular thyroidectomy. This prospective study assessed the impact of surgical injury and extralaryngeal branching of the inferior laryngeal nerve (ILN) on vocal cord dysfunction (VCD). METHODS Total thyroidectomy or lobectomy was performed in 188(More)
BACKGROUND Staged thyroidectomy has been recommended when loss of the signal from intraoperative nerve monitoring is observed after first-side dissection of the recurrent laryngeal nerve. There is no high-quality evidence supporting this recommendation. In addition, it is not clear whether signal loss predicts postoperative vocal cord paralysis. METHODS(More)
The prevalence of arterial hypertension in primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is higher than in the general population. With the aim of determining the evolution of hypertension associated with PHPT, we analyzed a group of 56 patients followed for a mean of 60 months (range 10–101 months) after successful parathyroidectomy for PHPT. The study group(More)
A randomized trial was undertaken to reassess the effectiveness of mannitol in preventing postoperative renal impairment in patients with obstructive jaundice. The study included 31 patients with obstructive jaundice (bilirubin, 3 mg/dl or higher) randomly allocated in two groups to receive (n = 17) or not receive (n = 14) preoperative mannitol. Sixty-five(More)
HYPOTHESIS Complications associated with thyroidectomy for intrathoracic goiters have been underestimated because of the lack of a precise definition of high-risk patients. DESIGN Retrospective multicenter multinational review of medical records and radiographic images of patients who underwent thyroidectomy for intrathoracic goiters reaching the carina(More)