History of Bariatric Surgery Before Thyroid Surgery: Recommendations for Prevention and Management of Postoperative Hypocalcemia

Hänel W. Eberly, Bao Y. Sciscent, F. Jeffrey Lorenz, Neerav Goyal, David Goldenberg

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Hypocalcemia following thyroidectomy is a common and potentially life-threatening complication. It is caused by intraoperative injury to the parathyroid glands or their blood supply. Although several studies have shown that patients with a prior history of bariatric surgery may be at an increased risk for hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy, no clear recommendations exist for preventing and managing this condition in this population. This paper highlights the significance of understanding this risk and of obtaining a history of prior bariatric surgery before thyroidectomy. We propose concise recommendations for preventing and managing hypocalcemia following thyroidectomy in patients with a history of bariatric surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)989-991
Number of pages3
JournalOtolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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