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Poster Presentations: American Head and Neck Society
August 2006

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

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.

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