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January 04, 2012

Argentine President Undergoes Thyroid Surgery

BBC News reported today that popular Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner underwent total thyroidectomy for papillary thyroid carcinoma, a highly curable form of thyroid cancer.

Thankfully, there were no complications and she is expected to be discharged from the hospital in the next 2 days.

Thyroidectomy is when the entire thyroid gland is removed which is necessary whenever thyroid cancer is present.

What are some of the complications that could have occurred?

Vocal cord paralysis, either one or both vocal cords
Hoarseness
• Calcium level problems which can lead to heart arrhythmias
• Bleeding which can compress the airway necessitating a tracheostomy

Read more about thyroid surgery here. Watch video of a thyroid being removed.

Source:
Argentine President Fernandez undergoes cancer surgery. BBC News Jan 4, 2012.



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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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