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Thyroid surgery complications more common than previously believed

Thyroid surgery complications more common than previously believed
May 22, 2017

Thyroid surgery-specific complications developed within 1 year of thyroid surgery in 12% of adults with differentiated or medullary thyroid cancer, and 6% developed general complications, according to published findings.

“From the provider perspective, referring physicians should be aware that select populations with thyroid cancer may be more vulnerable to post-operative complications,” Maria Papaleontiou, MD, assistant professor of metabolism, endocrinology and diabetes at Michigan Medicine, told Endocrine Today. “These include patients older than 65 years old, those with other coexisting medical conditions and those with more widespread disease.”

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