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Outpatient thyroidectomy is safe in selected patients

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 21 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:622
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Careful selection of patients along with prophylactic calcium supplementation makes outpatient thyroid surgery safe and cost effective, a new study has shown. It was presented in Toronto this week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation.

    Thyroidectomy has traditionally required patients to stay in hospital for days, although many surgeons advocate only overnight observation. Mortality from thyroid surgery carries relatively low risk, but caution is required because of the organ's close proximity to other structures, which can …

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