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any body know about thyroid gland removal side effects..?

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Dr. Giuseppe Barbesino
32 years experience Internal Medicine
Hypothyroidism: If the whole thyroid gland is removed, then the person need to take thyroid hormone to replace the thyroid function. Thyroid hormone is effective and very safe. Rarely, the operation can damage the nerve that controls the vocal cord. The parathyroid glands scan be damaged and cause a low blood calcium. This can be corrected with oral calcium. These are complications rather than side effects.
Answered on Oct 11, 2018
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Dr. Steve Martinez
27 years experience Breast Surgery
Risks: The risks of thyroid surgery include damage to the nerves that make your vocal cords move. This can make your voice hoarse, give you difficulty swallowing and can even make it difficult to breathe. Other glands in your neck that control the calcium level in your blood, called parathyroid glands, can be damaged. This can lower your calcium levels and cause cramping and tingling sensations.
Answered on Apr 11, 2014
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