Quality-of-Life Outcomes in Graves' Disease Patients After Total Thyroidectomy - oneGRAVESvoice

Trusted Resources: Evidence & Education

Scientific literature and patient education texts

Back to Evidence & Education / Scientific Articles

Quality-of-Life Outcomes in Graves’ Disease Patients After Total Thyroidectomy

key information

source: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal

year: 2017

authors: Kus LH, Hopman WM, Witterick IJ, Freeman JL


Historically, research into surgical treatment of Graves disease has assessed subtotal rather than total thyroidectomy. Most clinicians now recommend total thyroidectomy, but little information is available regarding quality-of-life (QOL) outcomes for this procedure. Our aim was to assess QOL after total thyroidectomy. This is a retrospective, pilot study of patients with Graves disease who underwent total thyroidectomy from 1991 to 2007 at a high-volume tertiary referral center in Toronto, Canada. Questionnaires addressing disease-specific symptoms and global QOL concerns were sent to 54 patients. Analyses included parametric and nonparametric tests to assess the differences between perception of symptoms and global QOL before and after surgery.

Forty patients responded (response rate: 74%) at a median of 4.8 years postoperatively. On a 10-point scale, overall wellness improved from 4.1 preoperatively to 8.7 postoperatively (p < 0.001). Patients recalled missing less work or school after surgery (7.8 vs. 1.1 days/year; p = 0.001). Overall satisfaction with the procedure was high. On average, symptoms improved within 32 days of surgery, and all symptoms showed substantial improvement. 

This is the first North American study to assess QOL outcomes of patients with Graves disease after total thyroidectomy. Patients experienced marked and rapid improvement in QOL postoperatively. These findings suggest that total thyroidectomy is a safe and effective treatment.

organization: Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada

DOI: 10.1177/0145561317096004-501

read more

To improve your experience on this site, we use cookies. This includes cookies essential for the basic functioning of our website, cookies for analytics purposes, and cookies enabling us to personalize site content. By clicking on 'Accept' or any content on this site, you agree that cookies can be placed. You may adjust your browser's cookie settings to suit your preferences. More Information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.