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British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2231-0614,Vol.: 19, Issue.: 8


Subtotal Thyroidectomy for Giant Goiters under Local Anesthesia: Experience with 15 Nigerians


B. A. Eke1, B. A. Ojo2*, W. T. Yongu1, C. Ahachi1, P. Denen-Akaa1, V. I. Ugwu3, P. Abayol4 and E. O. Umobong5

1Department of Surgery, College of Health Sciences, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria.

2Department of Histopathology, College of Health Sciences, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria.

3Department of Pathology, National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria.

4College of Health Science, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria.

5Department of Laboratory Medicine, State House Clinic, Abuja, Nigeria.

Article Information
(1) E. Umit Bagriacik, Department of Immunology, Gazi University, Turkey.
(1) Alexander E. Berezin, Medical University of Zaporozhye, Ukraine.
(2) Pietro Giorgio Calò, University of Cagliari, Italy.
(3) Jose Francisco de Sales Chagas, Medical School Catholic University Campinas, Brazil.
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Thyroid surgery is performed by majority of surgeons using general anaesthesia with endotracheal intubation. In resource poor countries, the paucity of equipment and Anaesthetists limits such procedure needing endotracheal intubation. We describe our experiences with 15 Nigerians who presented with giant goitres and were operated using local anaesthesia. We concluded that subtotal thyroidectomy under local anaesthesia is safe and cost effective. It should be encouraged in resource poor countries and save the patients from living with the stigmata of goitres when they were not able to pay their ways to centres that use general anaesthesia with endotracheal intubation for such procedure.

Keywords :

Thyroid surgery; local anaesthesia; giant goitres.

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DOI : 10.9734/BJMMR/2017/25568

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