The Parathyroid Glands in Thyroid Surgery

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Transient hypocalcaemia is the most common complication of total thyroidectomy. In the hands of experienced surgeons, the risk of permanent hypocalcaemia is very low. Understanding the anatomy and technique of preservation of these glands is critical to reducing the risk of hypocalcaemia. Hypocalcaemia is what generally prolongs a patient's hospital stay. In recent years, the trend has been to predict who is at risk of developing hypocalcaemia and empirically treat with calcium and vitamin D in order to facilitate early safe discharge following total thyroidectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThyroid Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationPreventing and Managing Complications
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780470659502
StatePublished - Dec 18 2012


  • Hypocalcaemia
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Parathyroid autotransplant
  • Parathyroid hormone
  • Parathyroid preservation
  • Thyroidectomy complications
  • Vitamin D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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