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ea0025p318 | Thyroid | SFEBES2011

Serum phosphate predicts temporary hypocalcaemia following thyroidectomy

Sam Amir H , Dhillo Waljit S , Donaldson Mandy , Moolla Ahmad , Meeran Karim , Tolley Neil S , Palazzo Fausto

Background: Temporary hypocalcaemia occurs in up to 40% of patients following a total thyroidectomy. Serum calcium and parathyroid hormone (PTH) measurements are currently used to predict post-thyroidectomy hypocalcaemia. However, immediate access to PTH measurement is expensive and not widely available. Serum phosphate responds rapidly to changes in circulating PTH levels and its measurement is readily available in all hospitals. We evaluated the use of serum phosphate to pre...