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Multidisciplinary approach for a relapsing goiter with severe tracheal stenosis: a case report in an elderly patient

  • Autori: Damiano, G; Maione, C; Palumbo, VD; Calvagna, C; Spinelli, G; Lo Monte, AI
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2012
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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Total thyroidectomy is considered the gold standard for thyroid benign pathology treatment. Unfortunately, many partial interventions carried out in the past created many complications due to the tendency of the goiter to relapse and the formation of adherences in the anterior region of the neck. A woman 72 years of age with a relapsing goiter and severe respiratory symptomatology underwent thyroidectomy. After thyroid removal, tracheal stenosis persisted, making the positioning of a T silicon prosthesis (Montgomery’s T-tube) necessary. After 60 days, the prosthesis was replaced with a new made out of the same material but with a larger diameter and a softer consistency, which was removed after 4 months. The patient completely recovered her respiratory function and also maintained normal vocal cord activity without any kind of surgical sequelae. The full success was possible because of the involvement of different specialists.