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What Causes A Stridor During Thyroidectomy
Thyroidectomy: Hi. Thyroidectomy is usually done for thyroid cancer. Thyroid hormone has a long half-life in the blood, and if you are started on thyroid hormone replacement right away after surgery, you shouldn't feel bloated. However, we do see that sensation in some people, depending on the dose we start you on (it's just a hunch-we then adjust based on labs). The use of Thyrogen has made that all easier! GL! ...Read more
Yes: Hi. The recurrent laryngeal nerves (RLN) run right by the thyroid on their way to the voice box. Sometimes a RLN has to be sacrificed doing thyroid cancer surgery; more often a surgeon with no business operating in that part of the body hits one (or both). Since you had a thyroidectomy, may I guess it was for cancer? Was the cancer outside the thyroid capsule? Good luck! ...Read more
Several causes: Toxic gas inhalation,acute epiglottitis,inhaled foreign body laryngeal tumors pharyngeal tumors, paratracheal compression by enlarged lymph nodes, vocal cord palsy, granulation tissue in airway from previous intubation or tracheostomy are few causes. Something that causes partial obstruction to airway. ...Read more
Some causes: Acute: Airway trauma, laryngitis usually viral, shock or anaphylaxis, aspiration of foreign body, epiglottitis, and inhalation of smoke or noxious materials. Chronic: Laryngeal tumor, chronic infection and granulomatous disease TB, Wegener's, rheumatoid arthritis, extrinsic tumors pressing on airway, chronic intubation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: You may have dissimilar metals in your mouth like a silver filling and gold crown. Free metal ions may be floating around you're mouth. Try eating a hard boiled egg and eating mustard. This can help to bind up the ions and make the metal taste disappear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Shortly after ...: Hoarseness can occur from irritation caused by the endotracheal tube placed between you vocal cords into your wind pipe to breath for you while under anesthesia. Another less common cause is a weakness or paralysis of a vocal cord due to injury to a nerve that is used to close your vocal cords together for speaking, coughing and swallowing. This can be a temporary or permanent problem.See your ent. ...Read more
Thyroid supplement: If you have had your thyroid removed you should be on replacement thyroid medication. You would then have normal thyroid function and not have muscle complications. ...Read more
What would cause the reading on a total thyroidectomy to be in doubt when pathology has the entire specimen and still don't know if cancer or not?
More info needed,,,,: This is too vague to give a meaningful answer. More information is needed. For example, how is it in doubt? What was the procedure done for/what type of cancer, etc.? Were there tests done before the procedure and if so, what did they show? This information makes a great deal of difference as to what could cause such a result. Also see/discuss with your doctor. Best of luck. ...Read more
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