What is the risk for permanent hypoparathyroidism due to thyroid surgery?

Updated: Feb 27, 2020
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Hypoparathyroidism is another feared complication of thyroid surgery. A retrospective study by McMullen et al of bilateral lateral neck dissection for thyroid cancer found the overall risk for permanent hypoparathyroidism to be 37%. The cohort, 62 patients treated by a single surgeon at an academic, tertiary medical center, included patients who did and those who did not also undergo total thyroidectomy and central compartment dissection. [11]

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