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Invited Commentary
November 6, 2019

New Technique to Reduce the Risk For Hypocalcemia in Thyroid Surgery

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  • 1Department of Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University; Section of Endocrine and Sarcoma, Department of Surgery, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden
JAMA Surg. Published online November 6, 2019. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jamasurg.2019.4641

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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