What are the signs and symptoms of thyroid surgery infection?

Updated: Jan 25, 2018
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Postthyroidectomy infection may manifest as superficial cellulitis or as an abscess. Patients with cellulitis typically present with erythema, warmth, and tenderness of neck skin around the incision. A superficial abscess may be diagnosed on the basis of fluctuance and tenderness. A deep neck abscess may manifest subtly, but signs such as fever, pain, leukocytosis, and tachycardia should raise clinical suspicion.


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