How is postoperative infection diagnosed following thyroid surgery?

Updated: Jan 25, 2018
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Send purulence expressed from the wound or drained from an abscess for Gram stain and culture

CT imaging is useful when a deep neck abscess is thought to be possible

To exclude esophageal perforation in patients with a deep neck abscess, an esophageal swallow study performed with sodium amidotrizoate and meglumine amidotrizoate solution (Gastrografin) may be useful


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