How is postoperative infection following thyroid surgery treated?

Updated: Jan 25, 2018
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Treat cellulitis with antibiotics that provide good coverage against gram-positive organisms (eg, staphylococci and streptococci)

Drain abscesses, and direct antibiotic coverage according to culture findings

For deep neck abscesses, begin with broad-spectrum antibiotics (eg, cefuroxime, clindamycin, ampicillin-sulbactam) until definitive culture results are available


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