Is the routine pressure dressing after thyroidectomy necessary? A prospective randomized controlled study.
Patorn Piromchai, Patravoot Vatanasapt, Wisoot Reechaipichitkul, Warinthorn Phuttharak, Sanguansak Thanaviratananich
BMC Ear Nose Throat Disord | Published : 2008
BACKGROUND: An acute complication of thyroidectomy is fatal hematoma, which can produce an upper airway obstruction needing immediate intubation or tracheostomy. After neck surgery, we usually apply a pressure dressing with a non-woven, adhesive fabric to reduce bleeding and fluid collection at the operative bed. We conducted a prospective, randomized, controlled study to evaluate a pressure vs. a non-pressure dressing after thyroid surgery by monitoring blood and serum in the operative bed. METHODS: We studied 108 patients who underwent 116 thyroid surgeries at Srinagarind Hospital, Khon Kaen University, between December 2006 and September 2007. The patients were randomized to either the pr..View full abstract