The occurrence of a cervical hematoma following a thyroidectomy is uncommon but can be life-threatening. It may present with a number of clinical findings.
The onset may be soon after surgery, or delayed up to 48 hours.
(1) neck pain
(2) feeling of pressure in the neck
(3) neck swelling with or without bruising
(4) wound drainage or oozing
Changes associated with compression:
(1) difficulty breathing, including respiratory distress
(2) painful or difficult swallowing
(1) agitation or distress
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