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Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 135978, 4 pages
Research Article

Postthyroidectomy Throat Pain and Swallowing: Do Proton Pump Inhibitors Make a Difference?

1Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 1A1
2Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Received 25 July 2013; Accepted 4 September 2013

Academic Editors: S. L. Halum and V. Sciarretta

Copyright © 2013 Faisal Zawawi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. Following thyroid surgery patients complain from swallowing disability and throat pain resembling symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR). The purpose of this study is to assess whether proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) given to patients in the first postoperative week relieve the swallowing disability and throat pain complaints. Materials and Methods. A questionnaire was given to 523 patients who had thyroid surgery between October 2010 and August 2011. In the first postoperative clinic visit each patient was approached to fill out a questionnaire. 208 patients met criteria, 100 of which were on PPIs (study group) and 108 were not on PPIs (control group). Results. When comparing the study group to the control group, the average pain level was 2.57 compared to 3.9 during the first postoperative week, and 1.27 compared to 2.41 at day 7 ( value = 0.001). Swallowing disability was also lower in the study group when compared to the control group, 1.87 and 3.12, respectively, during the first postoperative week and 0.87 and 1.76, respectively, at day 7 ( value = 0.007). Conclusion. Patients treated with PPIs had less pain and swallowing disability in the first week following thyroid surgery, when compared to patients not treated with PPIs.