Should Antibiotic Prophylaxis Be Given Prior to Thyroidectomy or Parathyroidectomy?

  • Jacob MoalemEmail author
Part of the Difficult Decisions in Surgery: An Evidence-Based Approach book series (DDSURGERY)


Although thyroid and parathyroid operations are very commonly performed, until recently there has been very little evidence to inform the decision of whether or not preoperative antibiotic prophylaxis should be given. It is interesting to note that while most surgeons would agree that clean operations that do not involve prosthetic implants do not generally require antibiotic prophylaxis, most endocrine surgeons give their patients preoperative antibiotic prophylaxis always or nearly always.


Antibiotic prophylaxis Thyroidectomy Parathyroidectomy Wound infection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Rochester Medical CenterRochesterUSA

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