Delayed Presentation of Tracheal Injury After Thyroidectomy—a Case Report

Devaraja, K (2018) Delayed Presentation of Tracheal Injury After Thyroidectomy—a Case Report. Indian Journal of Surgery, 80 (5). pp. 530-532. ISSN 0972-2068

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Complications of thyroidectomy are common and few of these could be life threatening. Although rare, the delayed tracheal rupture is one such complication and needs to be managed promptly. A male patient presented with neck swelling and on evaluation diagnosed to have papillary carcinoma thyroid T4a N1b M0. Patient underwent total thyroidectomy and neck dissection. On post-operative day 5, he developed subcutaneous emphysema. The subcutaneous emphysema was managed non-surgically with close observation and took 6 days to resolve completely. Management algorithm has been formulated after literature review. Delayed subcutaneous emphysema following thyroidectomy can be managed non-surgically in selected cases with mild emphysema and non-progressive course

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thyroidectomy; Total thyroidectomy; Tracheal rupture; Subcutaneous emphysema; Complications
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > ENT
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2019 10:51
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2019 10:51

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