University of Alberta, Edmonton;
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
Objective: To evaluate the use of surgical drains in thyroid surgery.
Design: Randomized, prospective, clinical trial, with cost analysis.
Setting: Tertiary-care referral center.
Patients: Fifty-five patients were enrolled in the study. They were randomized by a blinded observer into drain and no-drain groups. Inclusion criteria included all patients presenting for total thyroidectomy, hemithyroidectomy, or completion thyroidectomy. Those with massive goiters or nodules larger than 6 cm were excluded.
Harris JR, Morrissey AT, Chau J, Yunker W, Mechor B, Seikaly H. P216 A Comparison of Drain vs No Drain Thyroidectomy: A Randomized Prospective Clinical Trial. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2006;132(8):907-908. doi:10.1001/archotol.132.8.907-c