Complications of thyroidectomy

What are the complications of thyroidectomy?

  • Thyroidectomy is a safe procedure that is typically performed either as an outpatient procedure or, more commonly, with a single overnight stay. The incidence rates of specific complications after thyroidectomy include:
  • 1 Cervical hematoma: 1%
  • 2 Permanent/severe hoarseness (i.e., recurrent laryngeal nerve injury): 1%
  • 3 Mild/temporary hoarseness: 10%
  • 4 Temporary hypocalcemia: 10% to 15%
  • 5 Permanent hypoparathyroidism: 1% to 3%
  • 6 Mortality: < 0.1%
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