What is the mortality rate for thyroid surgery infection?

Updated: Feb 27, 2020
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Infection was the major cause of death from thyroid surgery during the 1800s. Today, infection occurs in less than 1-2% of all cases. Death is unlikely if the infection is recognized and treated promptly and appropriately.

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