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Terris co-edits first textbook on thyroid surgery complications
Date:2/11/2013

Muscle contractions and seizures can occur without treatment as the motor nerves then start to activate.

"If not for these nerves and the parathyroid glands, a thyroidectomy would be an easy operation that anyone could do safely," Terris said. "But primarily because of those structures, the surgery is better done by someone who does a lot of them."

Benign growths, called goiters, and cancer are common reasons for thyroid surgery and thyroid cancer cases are "skyrocketing" likely because enhanced imaging techniques today detects even the smallest cancers, Terris said.

He notes that the minimally-invasive approaches, which he has helped pioneer, have not increased complication rates since cases are carefully selected. Also, to enhance visibility through the smallest incisions, surgeons use telescopes that magnify the anatomy 10 times, making even the miniscule parathyroid look giant, Terris said.


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Contact: Toni Baker
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Georgia Health Sciences University
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