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Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2006 Oct;14(5):416-7.

Multinodular goiter compressing the trachea following open heart surgery.

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Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Care Hospital, The Institute of Medical Sciences, Road No. 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500 034, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Acute hemorrhage into an adenomatous goiter following cardiac surgery is a rare cause of acute upper airway obstruction. We report an unusual presentation of respiratory distress in a patient with goiter recovering from open heart surgery, which was successfully treated by left hemithyroidectomy. A mandatory evaluation of the upper trachea in patients with long-standing benign goiter is recommended prior to cardiac surgery.

PMID:
17005891
DOI:
10.1177/021849230601400514
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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