Drainage in thyroid surgery is still an area of controversy. We analysed the results of a prospective randomised trial conducted in our institution in order to assess the utility of drainage after thyroid surgery. Sixty patients were entered into the study, thirty of whom were drained after surgery and thirty who received no drainage. The two groups were well matched with regard to most characteristics. There was no difference between the two groups in terms of early or late postoperative complications. We therefore conclude that, in our experience, drainage after uncomplicated thyroid surgery is of no benefit.
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - May 2001|
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