Ear Nose Throat J 2016 Feb;95(2):E14-7
Corresponding author: Dr. Alistair B.J. Escott, Department of Surgery, The University of Auckland, Level 11, Support Building, Auckland City Hospital, Park Road, Grafton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand. Email: From the Department of Surgery, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand (Dr. Escott); and the Department of Surgery, Nelson Hospital, Nelson, New Zealand (Mrs. Pochin). The case described in this article occurred at Nelson Hospital.
Tracheal perforation is a rare postoperative complication of total thyroidectomy. While previously documented cases have been reported in the anterior aspect of the trachea after a total thyroidectomy, we report what we believe is the first documented case of a perforation in the posterior aspect of the trachea. Our patient was a 29-year-old woman who presented with symptoms of tracheal impingement in the context of a right-sided goiter that subsequent investigation found to be three benign colloid nodules. Read More