What you need to know about thyroidectomy
Eileen Corley RN, CNOR, MSN

OR Nurse 2015
November 2009 
Volume 3  Number 6
Pages 14 - 22
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Corley, Eileen RN, CNOR, MSN

Issue: Volume 3(6), November 2009, p 14–22 Publication Type: [Feature] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Eileen Corley is a perioperative clinical nurse specialist at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, N.C.

Thyroidectomy as a surgical procedure has a long history. Wilhelm Fabricius performed the first-recorded thyroidectomy in 1646. 1 Unfortunately, the patient didn't survive and Fabricius was sent to prison. While the patient's cause of death isn't recorded, it's reasonable to assume that death could have been caused by any number of conditions that existed at that time. Lack of knowledge about the function of the thyroid and parathyroid glands could have accounted for the patient's death, as well as hemorrhage and infection.

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Surgical technique, antisepsis and anesthesia did improve with time, but the mortality for thyroidectomy was still very high through the mid-19th ...

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