Thyroid surgery without drain

Authors

  • Mani Lai Aich Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka
  • M Kamruzzaman Khulna Medical College, Khulna
  • ABM Khorshed Alam Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka
  • Ahmmad Taous Pabna Medical College, Pabna
  • M Abdullah Dhaka Medical College, Dhaka

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bjo.v17i2.8852

Keywords:

Thyroid Surgery, Drain

Abstract

Use of surgical drains after thyroid surgery is standard surgical practice to prevent lifethreatening complications, arising from post-operative haematoma. There is increasing evidence to suggest that this is an outdated practice. This study determines whether thyroid surgery can be safely performed without the routine use of drains. This cross sectional study was done for two years and one hundred thyroidectomies were performed. No drains were inserted in any patient. Complications of thyroid surgery in this series were seroma formation (5%) cases and minor haematoma was only 1%. Re-exploration for bleeding was not encountered in any cases in this series. There is no evidence to suggest the routine use of surgical drains following uncomplicated thyroid surgery.

Key words: Thyroid Surgery; Drain

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/bjo.v17i2.8852

BJO 2011; 17(2): 121-124

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Aich, M. L., Kamruzzaman, M., Alam, A. K., Taous, A., & Abdullah, M. (2011). Thyroid surgery without drain. Bangladesh Journal of Otorhinolaryngology, 17(2), 121–124. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjo.v17i2.8852

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