Post-Thyroidectomy Emergencies: Management of Tracheal and Esophageal Injuries

Gustavo Romero-Velez, Randall P. Owen

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The thyroid gland can be affected with benign and malignant diseases that will require thyroid surgery. About 150, 000 thyroidectomies are performed each year in the United States. This common procedure has low morbidity and mortality, especially when performed by intermediate- and high-volume surgeons compared with those who do less than three thyroidectomies per year. However, injuries to the esophagus or trachea during thyroidectomy can have serious consequences, including death.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEndocrine Emergencies
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780323760973
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021


  • Esophageal injury
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tracheal injury


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