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Post-thyroidectomy hypocalcemia: does arterial ligation play a significant role?
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PMID:  1478810     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
To assess the possible role of truncal ligation of inferior thyroid arteries on post-thyroidectomy hypocalcemia, a prospective study was carried out on 80 patients. Bilateral subtotal thyroidectomy was performed for non-toxic nodular goiter in two groups. Inferior thyroid arteries were ligated bilaterally in 50 patients but not ligated in 30 patients. In both groups mean serum calcium levels on the first and second postoperative days were found to be significantly lower than preoperative levels. However these falls were similar in both groups. We conclude that bilateral truncal ligation of inferior thyroid arteries is not a factor that may cause hypocalcemia due to vascular insufficiency of parathyroid glands.
S Cakmakli; S Aydintug; E Erdem
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International surgery     Volume:  77     ISSN:  0020-8868     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Surg     Publication Date:    1992 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-02-11     Completed Date:  1993-02-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0043524     Medline TA:  Int Surg     Country:  ITALY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  284-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ankara, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Goiter, Nodular / surgery
Hypocalcemia / etiology*
Middle Aged
Postoperative Period
Prospective Studies
Thyroid Gland / blood supply*
Thyroidectomy / adverse effects*,  methods

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