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Management of a Compressive Goiter at Term

Hanne De Mulder, Kieran Dempster-Rivett

Abstract: Pregnant women sometimes have thyroid disease, and thus goiter; however, it does not become so large to the extent that the goiter obstructs the air way, causing respiratory symptoms. Here, we report such a case. A 27-year-old woman with large goiter presented with life threatening stridor at 37 weeks. After a multidisciplinary-team discussion, we performed caesarean section plus thyroidectomy, which resulted in good outcomes. Histological examination revealed hyperplasia and not malignancy. The postoperative course was uneventful. The mother and infant were healthy.
Keywords: Compressive Goiter Mother / Obstructed Airway / Pregnancy / Thyroidectomy

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