Hypocalcemia is common after surgery of any type, but it is more common after total thyroidectomy. The study by Asari et al adds to a recent spirited literature examining perioperative PTH levels for clinical utility in preemptive management of hypocalcemia after total thyroidectomy alone1,2 or with concomitant neck dissection.3 The authors' goal of facilitating safe and timely hospital discharge is laudable.
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