Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Pt. had thyroidectomy 24 hours ago? What are the complications that can be expected related to the surgery?

A. Laryngeal nerve damage
B. Bleeding
C. Hypocalcemia
D. All of the above

Answer: D. All of the above

An important post-operative care includes providing:
A. Soft pillow at bedside
B. Pressure dressing
C. Neck support
D. Trach set at bedside

Answer: D. Trach set at bedside. Complication of thyroidectomy is laryngeal nerve damage. Could lead to vocal cord paralysis, resulting to airway obstruction which will require immediate trach placement.

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