Post-thyroidectomy hypocalcemia. Incidence and risk factors.

  title={Post-thyroidectomy hypocalcemia. Incidence and risk factors.},
  author={D J Wingert and Steven Friesen and John I. Iliopoulos and George E. Pierce and James H. Thomas and Arlo S Hermreck},
  journal={American journal of surgery},
  volume={152 6},
Two hundred twenty-one patients undergoing thyroidectomy were analyzed for factors increasing the risk of postoperative hypocalcemia. Eighty-three percent of all patients experienced hypocalcemia postoperatively, with 13 percent requiring some treatment for symptoms. Patients with advanced thyroid cancer, Graves' disease, or other manifestations of preoperative hyperthyroidism had significantly increased rates of hypocalcemia compared with patients with small cancers or benign euthyroid disease… CONTINUE READING

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