• Routine calcium measurement is not necessary after most thyroid surgeries: a prospective clinical study.

      Quinn, E M; Neary, P M; O'Connor, O J; Shafiq, A; Kelly, J; Redmond, H P; Department of Academic Surgery, Cork University Hospital, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. edelquinn@rcsi.ie (2010-12)
      Calcium levels are often measured to diagnose postoperative hypocalcaemia following thyroidectomy. The aims of this study were to (i) prospectively determine the incidence of symptomatic and biochemical hypocalcaemia following thyroidectomy, (ii) to identify if any associations exist between hypocalcaemia, type of surgery, histological diagnosis, specimen size/weight and the presence of histological parathyroid tissue and (iii) to evaluate the necessity of routine measurement of calcium levels following all thyroidectomies.