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Table 4 Relationship between grade of goitre and complication rates of initial TT

From: Total thyroidectomy as primary surgical management for thyroid disease: surgical therapy experience from 5559 thyroidectomies in a less-developed region

  Grade of goitre (n = 4632)
Complication 0 (n = 1302) I (n = 2063) II (n = 828) III (n = 439)
RLN injury     
 Temporary 2 (0.15 %) 6 (0.29 %) 3 (0.36 %) 18 (4.1 %)
 Permanent 4 (0.31 %) 7 (0.34 %) 3 (0.36 %) 1 (0.22 %)
 Total 6 9 10 19
Hypoparathyroidism     
 Temporary 18 (1.38 %) 30 (1.45 %) 33 (4.00 %) 71 (16.17 %)
 Permanent 0 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0.12 %) 0 (0)
 Total 18 30 34 71
  1. RLN recurrent laryngeal nerve, 0 goitre that cannot be touched or seen, I goitre that can be touched but cannot be seen, II goitre that can be both touched and seen but is not beyond the exterior margin of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, III goitre that can be both touched and seen but is beyond the exterior margin of the sternocleidomastoid muscle