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Thyroidectomy - series—Indications



Thyroidectomy may be recommended for:

  • Increased thyroid function (hyperthyroidism; thyrotoxicosis)
  • Decreased thyroid function (hypothyroidism) with enlargement (hypertrophy) of the gland
  • Primary cancer of the thyroid
  • Enlargement of the thyroid (nontoxic goiter)

Review Date 2/28/2022

Updated by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, General Surgery Practice Specializing in Breast Cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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