The immediate advantages of surgical measures in the treatment of exophthalmic goiter have been convincingly demonstrated. The operation of subtotal thyroidectomy has been made a safe procedure. It is important, however, to learn by careful clinical examination and laboratory confirmation what the ultimate result may be in patients who some years before have had subtotal thyroidectomy for exophthalmic goiter. In a disease that causes such striking effects on various parts of the body, it is valuable to learn whether or not subtotal thyroidectomy produces a permanent improvement, whether the future lives of patients subjected to the procedure are seriously affected by the disease and whether or not the normal course of life is materially altered by the removal of a considerable portion of the thyroid gland.
For the purpose of this study it was determined to ascertain the results of subtotal thyroidectomy for exophthalmic goiter in a series of patients
CLUTE HM, VEAL JR. THE END-RESULTS OF SURGERY IN EXOPHTHALMIC GOITER. JAMA. 1932;99(8):642–647. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740600034009
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