Multinodular goiter compressing the trachea following open heart surgery

Asian Cardiovasc Thorac Ann. 2006 Oct;14(5):416-7. doi: 10.1177/021849230601400514.


Acute hemorrhage into an adenomatous goiter following cardiac surgery is a rare cause of acute upper airway obstruction. We report an unusual presentation of respiratory distress in a patient with goiter recovering from open heart surgery, which was successfully treated by left hemithyroidectomy. A mandatory evaluation of the upper trachea in patients with long-standing benign goiter is recommended prior to cardiac surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Airway Obstruction / etiology
  • Airway Obstruction / surgery
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis / complications
  • Aortic Valve Stenosis / surgery*
  • Female
  • Goiter, Nodular / complications
  • Goiter, Nodular / surgery
  • Heart Valve Prosthesis Implantation / adverse effects*
  • Hemorrhage / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Tracheal Diseases / etiology
  • Tracheal Diseases / surgery*