Total thyroidectomy: Complications and technique

  title={Total thyroidectomy: Complications and technique},
  author={Jay K. Harness and D. LitFungM. and Norman W. Thompson and Richard Edward Burney and Michael McLeod},
  journal={World Journal of Surgery},
During the 27-year period from 1957 to 1984, four hundred thirty patients underwent total thyroidectomies for malignant or benign disease of the thyroid gland at our institutions. Thyroid cancer was found in 83.4% of cases, and 47.2% of these had concomitant lymph node dissections. Transient recurrent laryngeal nerve injury occurred in 6.2% of the entire series. Permanent unilateral vocal cord paralysis occurred in 2.5% of the patients operated on, although only 1 patient (0.45%) sustained this… CONTINUE READING
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