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Hypocalcaemia as an important differential diagnosis in patients suffering from stridor following thyroidectomy
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  • Christine Nitschke,
  • Tarek Ghadban,
  • Jakob R. Izbicki,
  • Rainer Grotelüschen
Christine Nitschke
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
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Tarek Ghadban
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
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Jakob R. Izbicki
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
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Rainer Grotelüschen
University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf
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Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

15 Jun 2020Submitted to Clinical Case Reports
20 Jun 2020Assigned to Editor
20 Jun 2020Submission Checks Completed
04 Jul 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned

Abstract

We present the case of an adult patient with acute dyspnoea and stridor following thyroidectomy. After excluding other causes of postoperative stridor, we concluded the patient was suffering from laryngospasm due to hypocalcaemia secondary to postoperative hypoparathyroidism. It is important to consider hypocalcaemia as a differential diagnosis in stridor.