Thyroidectomy for life threatening giant familial goitre

W. K J Huizinga, S. J D Chadwick, I. Jialal, R. K. Desai

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Urgent thyroidectomy for giant multinodular goitre causing airway obstruction was necessary in the mater familias of a family with a high prevalence of non-endemic goitre. Post operative complications are briefly discussed. Family screening revealed a 100% incidence of nodular goitre in eight first generation descendants with hyperthyroidism in one. A euthyroid pattern was found in 6 of these, as well as in 5 of 19 second generation descendants tested. In two of the first generation descendants dyshormonogenesis was excluded as an aetiological factor by the perchlorate discharge test.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-100
Number of pages5
JournalTropical and Geographical Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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