Surgeons have long claimed that complications after thyroidectomy are rare. It has been held that the rate of the 4 most common complications—permanent vocal fold paresis, hypoparathyroidism, bleeding with reoperation, and infection—were all in the 1% range. However, these low complication rates may not reflect the true incidence, as shown by a population-based study from the Scandinavian Quality Registry for Thyroid, Parathyroid and Adrenal Surgery (SQRTPA).1
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Almquist M, Bergenfelz A. New Technique to Reduce the Risk for Hypocalcemia in Thyroid Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2020;155(2):112–113. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.4641
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