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Encyclopedia > Thyroidectomy

A thyroidectomy involves the surgical removal all or part of the thyroid gland. Surgeons often perform a thyroidectomy when a patient has thyroid cancer or some other condition of the thyroid gland (such as hyperthyroidism).


The thyroid produces several hormones, such as thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3) and calcitonin.


After the removal of a thyroid patients usually take prescribed oral synthetic thyroid hormones to prevent the most serious manifestations of the resultant hypothyroidism.


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InteliHealth: (1259 words)
Thyroidectomy is the surgical removal of the thyroid gland.
A thyroidectomy may be performed by using a conventional surgical approach or a newer endoscopic method done through very small incisions.
Endoscopic thyroidectomy is not used to treat multiple thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer or thyrotoxicosis.
Thyroidectomy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (192 words)
A thyroidectomy involves the surgical removal all or part of the thyroid gland.
Surgeons often perform a thyroidectomy when a patient has thyroid cancer or some other condition of the thyroid gland (such as hyperthyroidism).
A "thyroidectomy" should not be confused with a "thyroidotomy" (or "thyrotomy"), which is a cutting into (-otomy) the thyroid, not a removal (-ectomy) of it.
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