Original Article

Effects of Aspirin Use on Post-operative Complications in Patients Undergoing Bilateral Total Thyroidectomy


  • Orhan Ağcaoğlu
  • Kinyas Kartal

Received Date: 04.03.2019 Accepted Date: 09.04.2019 Med Bull Haseki 2019;57(3):285-289


The aim of this study was to assess the effects of preoperative aspirin use on postoperative complications, especially risk of bleeding, in patients undergoing bilateral total thyroidectomy.


A total of 201 patients who underwent bilateral total thyroidectomy between 15 August 2016 and 1 February 2019 were included in the study. The patients were divided into two groups: preoperative aspirin group (n=42, 20%) and aspirin-naïve group (n=168, 80%). Parameters, including demographic characteristics, complications and length of hospital stay were compared between the groups.


Eight (4.4%) patients in aspirin-naïve group and three (7.1%) in preoperative aspirin group had minor hematoma and ecchymosis not requiring any intervention. There was only one patient in aspirin-naïve group (0.5%) who required surgical intervention due to bleeding in the postoperative period, whereas there were not any in the other study group.


The results of this study showed that aspirin had no significant effect on the development of postoperative complications in patients undergoing bilateral total thyroidectomy. However, large-scale prospective and randomized series are warranted for more accurate and precise results.

Keywords: Thyroidectomy, anticoagulant, acetylsalicylic acid, hematoma, bleeding

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