Surgical anatomy of the thyroid gland

Mark K. Wax, James Cohen

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The surgical management of thyroid disease was described as early as the 1800s (1). Infection leading to sepsis and hemorrhage was frequently encountered. Perioperative mortality was common. It was not until Theodor Kocher perfected his technique of thyroidectomy that the mortality rate dropped to an acceptable level (1). Since then, refinements in medical management, anesthesia, and infection control, and an improved understanding of surgical anatomy have resulted in a rapid decrease in morbidity (2-8).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThyroid Eye Disease
Subtitle of host publicationDiagnosis and Treatment
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780824743871
ISBN (Print)9780824707712
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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