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Thyroidectomy - series—Indications

Indications

Overview

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)

Update Date 2/27/2016

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, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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