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Table 4 Course in hospital and complications

From: A systematic approach to the recurrent laryngeal nerve dissection at the cricothyroid junction

  Total thyroidectomy
n = 91
Hemi–thyroidectomy
n = 213
Completion thyroidectomy
n = 38
Total
n = 342
Nights in hospital – median (Range) 1 (0–30) 0 (0–3) 1 (1–7) 1 (0 – 30)
Conversion to alternative approach – n (%) 2 (2%) 1 (3%) 3 (1%)
Complications – n (%)
 Transient hypocalcemia 16 (18%) 1 (3%) 17 (5%)
 Permanent hypocalcemia 1 (1%) 2 (5%) 3 (1%)
 Temporary vocal cord paresis/Paralysis 13 (14%) 14 (7%) 3 (8%) 30 (9%)
 Permanent vocal cord paresis/Paralysis 1 (1%) 1 (0.3%)
 Hematoma 1 (1%) 4 (2%) 1 (3%) 6 (2%)
 Seroma 1 (0.5%)  
 Wound infection 5 (6%) 3 (1%) 1 (2.6%) 9 (3%)
 Subcutaneous emphysema 1 (1%) 2 (1%) 3 (1%)