Prophylactic oral calcium supplementation therapy to prevent early post thyroidectomy hypocalcemia and evaluation of postoperative parathyroid hormone levels to detect hypocalcemia: A prospective randomized study

Arer I. M., Kus M., Akkapulu N., Aytac H. O., Yabanoglu H., Caliskan K., ...More

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SURGERY, vol.38, pp.9-14, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 38
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2016.12.041
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.9-14
  • Keywords: Calcium prophylaxis, Hypocalcemia, Oral calcium, Parathyroid hormone, Thyroidectomy, VITAMIN-D SUPPLEMENTS, ROUTINE SUPPLEMENTATION, EARLY PREDICTION, PTH MEASUREMENT, HYPOPARATHYROIDISM
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


Background: Postoperative hypocalcemia is the most common complication after total thyroidectomy. Postoperative parathyroid hormone (PTH) measurement is one of the methods to detect or prevent postoperative hypocalcemia. Prophylactic oral calcium supplementation is another method to prevent early postoperative hypocalcemia. The aim of this study is to detect the accurate timing of PTH and evaluate efficacy of routine oral calcium supplementation for postoperative hypocalcemia.