Early Detection of Hypocalcemia After Total/Completion Thyroidectomy: Routinely Usable Algorithm Based on Serum Calcium Level

@article{Lazard2012EarlyDO,
  title={Early Detection of Hypocalcemia After Total/Completion Thyroidectomy: Routinely Usable Algorithm Based on Serum Calcium Level},
  author={Diane Lazard and Ga{\"e}lle Godiris-Petit and Isabelle Wagner and Emile Sarfati and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Chabolle},
  journal={World Journal of Surgery},
  year={2012},
  volume={36},
  pages={2590-2597}
}
The purpose of this prospective bicentric study was to investigate the course of serum calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (Phph) after total/completion thyroidectomy to establish a reliable and cost-effective strategic algorithm to detect patients at risk for postoperative hypocalcemia. This observational study included 136 patients. Serum Ca and Phph levels were preoperatively and postoperatively recorded 6, 12, 20, and 48 h (H) after skin closure. Criteria for hypocalcemia were postoperative Ca… CONTINUE READING