Alissa Collins, MD
Assistant Professor of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences
Duke University School of Medicine
Daniel Rocke, MD, JD, FACS
Duke University Medical Center
Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences
Christie Avraamides, PhD
Clinical Content Manager
Lisa R. Rinehart, MS, ELS
Director, Editorial Services
Samantha Gordon, MS
Director of CME
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This activity is intended for ENTs and general surgeons.
Statement of Need
Thyroid surgery rates have increased over the past 3 decades; in 2012, it is estimated that 118,000-166,000 thyroid surgeries were performed. After thyroid surgery, approximately 1 in 10 patients experience temporary laryngeal nerve injury, with 1 in 25 experiencing longer-lasting voice problems. Because voice problems can substantially affect quality of life, early recognition of laryngeal dysfunction after thyroid surgery is important. ENTs and general surgeons must be aware of preoperative guidelines for patients who are undergoing thyroid surgery and identify appropriate management approaches when patients present postoperatively with symptoms concerning vocal fold paralysis.
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Medium/Method of Participation
This CME activity consists of a 0.25-credit online publication. To receive credit, read the introductory CME material, read the publication, and complete the post-survey, evaluation, attestation, and post-test, answering at least 70% of the post-test questions correctly.
Initial Release Date: February 4, 2021
Expiration Date: February 3, 2022
Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 15 minutes
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Alissa Collins, MD, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.
Daniel Rocke, MD, JD, FACS, has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.
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