Clinical Practice Guideline: Improving Voice Outcomes After Thyroid Surgery

Clinical Practice Guideline: Improving Voice Outcomes After Thyroid Surgery

Leadership: Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD (Chair); Gregory W. Randolph, MD (Assistant Chair); Michael D. Seidman, MD (Assistant Chair); Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH (Methodologist)

Guideline Development Group: Peter Angelos, MD, PhD; Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, PhD, CCC-SLP; Michael S. Benninger, MD; Joel H. Blumin, MD; Gregory Dennis, MD; John Hanks, MD; Megan R. Haymart, MD; Richard T. Kloos, MD; Brenda Seals, PhD, MPH; Jerry M. Schreibstein, MD; Mack A. Thomas, MD; Carolyn Waddington, MS, FNP; Barbara Warren, PsyD, Med; 

The guideline was published as a supplement in the June 2013 issue of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

The purpose of this guideline is to optimize voice outcomes for adult patients aged 18 years or older after thyroid surgery. The target audience is any clinician involved in managing such patients, which includes but may not be limited to otolaryngologists, general surgeons, endocrinologists, internists, speech-language pathologists, family physicians and other primary care providers, anesthesiologists, nurses, and others who manage patients with thyroid/voice issues. The guideline applies to any setting in which clinicians may interact with patients before, during, or after thyroid surgery. Children under age 18 years are specifically excluded from the target population; however, the guideline panel members understand that many of the findings may be applicable to this population. Also excluded are patients undergoing concurrent laryngectomy. Although this guideline is limited to thyroidectomy, some of the recommendations may extrapolate to parathyroidectomy as well.

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