Thyroid Surgery in Children Carries Risk of Hypoparathyroidism

Thyroid Surgery in Children Carries Risk of Hypoparathyroidism

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Thyroid Surgery in Children Carries Risk of Hypoparathyroidism

Children with thyroid cancer or disease who undergo surgery to remove that gland can commonly have their parathyroid glands accidentally removed during the thyroidectomy, a U.S. study reports. While such surgeries are rare in children, this finding calls for meticulous attention from surgeons performing a thyroidectomy — especially if examining nearby lymph nodes for evidence of cancer’s spread — to avoid long-term hypoparathyroidism, its scientists noted. The study, “Rate of Incidental Parathyroidectomy in a Pediatric…

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