Early prediction of hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy using parathyroid hormone: an analysis of pooled individual patient data from nine observational studies.

BACKGROUND Monitoring for hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy, using only symptoms and serum calcium levels, can delay the discharge of patients who will remain normocalcemic and can delay the treatment of hypocalcemic patients. STUDY DESIGN We conducted a systematic search for articles describing use of parathyroid hormone (PTH) assay, checked within hours… CONTINUE READING