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Anaesthesia for massive retrosternal thyroidectomy in a tertiary referral centre.

Authors
  • Dempsey, G A1
  • Snell, J A
  • Coathup, R
  • Jones, T M
  • 1 Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care and.
Type
Published Article
Journal
British Journal of Anaesthesia
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2013
Volume
111
Issue
4
Pages
594–599
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/bja/aet151
PMID: 23690528
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

When managed within a dedicated H&N operating theatre we have found a low incidence of difficult tracheal intubation, difficult mechanical ventilation nor postoperative respiratory difficulties in patients with massive RSG and mid-tracheal compression because of benign multi-nodular goitre. Surgical complications, however, are more frequent than those associated with cervical thyroidectomy with RLN injury and postoperative bleeding more likely.

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