Postoperative parathyroid hormone testing decreases symptomatic hypocalcemia and associated emergency room visits after total thyroidectomy.

@article{Youngwirth2010PostoperativePH,
  title={Postoperative parathyroid hormone testing decreases symptomatic hypocalcemia and associated emergency room visits after total thyroidectomy.},
  author={Linda M Youngwirth and Joy Benavidez and Rebecca S. Sippel and Herbert C Chen},
  journal={Surgery},
  year={2010},
  volume={148 4},
  pages={841-4; discussion 844-6}
}
BACKGROUND Symptomatic hypocalcemia, the most common complication of total thyroidectomy, can lead to postoperative emergency room visits for laboratory testing and intravenous calcium infusion. A method to identify patients reliably at risk for postoperative hypocalcemia could allow prophylactic treatment to avoid this. We hypothesized that quick parathyroid hormone testing within 4 hours of thyroidectomy and a protocol to treat parathyroid-hormone-deficient patients would reduce symptomatic… CONTINUE READING