Recalcitrant hypocalcemia in a lactating woman after total thyroidectomy for papillary thyroid carcinoma

Amy Anne D. Lassig, Paul E. Donatelli, Theodoros N. Teknos

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Abstract

Background The risk of hypocalcemia after total thyroidectomy is well-described in the literature. Recalcitrant hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy in a lactating woman is uncommon and may require multiple strategies to correct. Methods We present a case report of a lactating woman with papillary thyroid carcinoma requiring total thyroidectomy and neck dissections. Results Postoperatively the patient suffered from recalcitrant hypocalcemia which necessitated multiple medical maneuvers to rectify. The medical treatment required to correct the calcium levels is described herein. Conclusion With the incidence of thyroid cancer on the rise and the increased identification of thyroid lesions during pregnancy, the number of lactating women undergoing thyroidectomy will likely increase. Surgeons performing thyroid surgery in this patient population should be aware of the risk of severe hypocalcemia and the tools necessary to correct it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)920-922
Number of pages3
JournalHead and Neck
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

Keywords

  • hypocalcemia
  • lactation
  • papillary thyroid carcinoma
  • thyroid cancer
  • thyroidectomy

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