Early intervention in thyroidectomy scars: demographics, symptoms, and prevention.


OBJECTIVE Although hypertrophic scars are cosmetically problematic for patients following thyroidectomy, the associated risk factors are not well defined. Our objective was to determine the factors associated with hypertrophic scar development following thyroidectomy. METHOD A retrospective chart review was performed collecting data on sex, age, body mass index (BMI), operation site, skin characteristics (pigmentation, erythema, elasticity, and hydration), and clinical scar characteristics (itching, tightening, induration, adhesion, and oedema). It was also noted if the patient had early scar intervention with intralesional steroid injection or non-ablative fractional laser irradiation, and preventive topical treatment agents. The effects of these factors were analysed using univariate and multivariate analyses. RESULTS Data from 1141 patients showed the incidence of hypertrophic scars was 13.9%. Significant variables in univariate analysis were combined for multivariate analysis. Young age, high BMI, itching, tightening, induration, and adhesion were associated with hypertrophic scar formation. Early scar intervention, as well as the use of preventive topical agents, were associated with decreased hypertrophic scar formation. CONCLUSION Based on our results, we suggest that dermatologists consider using non-ablative fractional laser, intralesional steroid injection, and topical preventive agents to lower the incidence of hypertrophic scars, especially in young patients or those with high BMI and/or clinical symptoms such as itching, tightening, induration, and adhesion.

DOI: 10.12968/jowc.2015.24.4.163

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@article{Shin2015EarlyII, title={Early intervention in thyroidectomy scars: demographics, symptoms, and prevention.}, author={Jung Uk Shin and Jong-Ho Park and Sang Ho Oh and J J Jeong and Seung Hee Kang and Ki Hyun Nam and Woong Youn Chung and J H Lee}, journal={Journal of wound care}, year={2015}, volume={24 4}, pages={163-4, 166-8, 170-1} }