Parathyroidectomy (cont.)

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When should patients contact their doctor?

Patients should contact their doctor if they notice:

  1. A sudden increase in the amount of bruising and pain associated with excessive swelling of the neck and difficulty breathing.
  2. A fever greater than 101.5 degrees F that persists despite increasing the amount of fluid they drink and acetaminophen (Tylenol). (A person with a fever should try to drink approximately one cup of fluid each waking hour.)
  3. Drainage from the wound.
  4. Spasms or severe cramps in the muscles or twitching of the face. If this occurs, patients should call their surgeon immediately and be ready to have their blood calcium level determined.

Medically reviewed by John A. Seibel, MD; Board Certified Internal Medicine with a subspecialty in Endocrinology & Metabolism

REFERENCE:

"Management of primary hyperparathyroidism"
uptodate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/18/2014

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