Thyroidectomy does not cause globus pattern symptoms

K. H. Maung, D. Hayworth, P. A. Nix, Stephen Atkin, R. J A England

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Abstract

Post-thyroidectomy patients often complain of globus pharyngeus type symptoms. One of the organic pathologies recognized as causing globus pattern symptoms is goitre. We conducted a prospective questionnaire-based study in the thyroid clinic at Hull Royal Infirmary to examine the relationship between goitre, thyroidectomy and globus pattern symptoms by using the Glasgow-Edinburgh Throat Scale. A questionnaire-based study in which 41 consecutive patients due to undergo thyroidectomy prospectively completed the questionnaire pre-operatively and 12 months post-operatively. A subset of 25 randomly selected patients also completed the questionnaire three months post-operatively. Globus symptoms were not worsened by thyroidectomy at three or 12 months. Indeed two of the questioned parameters were significantly improved at three months, and six at one year (p < 0.023). In conclusion, thyroidectomy does not exacerbate globus pharyngeus symptoms. Indeed, in the absence of other clinical causes, when a patient has a World Health Organization (WHO) 2 goitre or greater, thyroidectomy may improve them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)973-975
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Laryngology and Otology
Volume119
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Deglutition Disorders
  • Pharynx
  • Questionnaires
  • Thyroidectomy

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  • Otorhinolaryngology

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Thyroidectomy does not cause globus pattern symptoms. / Maung, K. H.; Hayworth, D.; Nix, P. A.; Atkin, Stephen; England, R. J A.

In: Journal of Laryngology and Otology, Vol. 119, No. 12, 12.2005, p. 973-975.

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Maung, K. H. ; Hayworth, D. ; Nix, P. A. ; Atkin, Stephen ; England, R. J A. / Thyroidectomy does not cause globus pattern symptoms. In: Journal of Laryngology and Otology. 2005 ; Vol. 119, No. 12. pp. 973-975.
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