Which factors increase the risk of hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy?

Updated: Jan 25, 2018
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Risk factors for hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy include Graves disease and malignancy. The type of procedure performed (total thyroidectomy, thyroidectomy with neck dissection, repeat thyroidectomy, subtotal thyroidectomy, near-total thyroidectomy) also affects the risk in transient hypocalcemia after surgery. As more of the parathyroid gland inadvertently removed, the risk of hypocalcemia rises.


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