How is a thyroid surgery infection evaluated?

Updated: Feb 27, 2020
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Send purulence expressed from the wound or drained from an abscess for Gram staining and culturing to direct the choice of antibiotics. CT imaging is useful when a deep neck abscess is thought possible. In addition, a deep neck abscess should raise concern about possible esophageal perforation. An esophageal swallow study performed with sodium amidotrizoate and meglumine amidotrizoate solution (Gastrografin) may be useful in certain cases.

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