What are the Endocrine effects of thyroidectomy?

After a total surgical thyroidectomy for small cancerous tumour and radioactive labelling/scan to ensure no tissue remains, what effect does loss of the (healthy) parathyoids have on the patient's calcium control?

Do they become more likely to develop osteoporosis?

Are blood Ca levels monitored?

Authored By voirrey hampson on Tuesday 18th December 2012

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Debkumar Chowdhury
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Clinical Fellow Surgery - West of Scotland
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Posted over 7 years ago

As Ana Nagly has said that the near proximity of the parathyroid gland to the thyroid gland forms a challenge for surgeons during thyroidectomy. One of the key aspects to ensure that the parathyroid gland are intact, the surgical approach would be as a

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anna nagy
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Medical Student - Barts And The London
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Posted almost 8 years ago

Without parathyroids the patient would die as calcium is vital for nervous system function. When thyroidectomy is performed, the surgeon is careful to identify and dissect around the healthy parathyroid glands and their blood supply. In this way calci

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