Medical Questions > Cancer > Thyroid Cancer Forum

Totl thyroidectomy and partial radical neck dissection

User Profile
After a total thyroidectomy and partial lateral radical neck dissection in August 2012, in October 2012 I received radio iodine treatment. 7 months later I am plagued with swollen nodules under my ears, which when massaged, squirt saliva into my mouth with a metallic taste. Why is this still lasting over 7 months later? Is this what I have to look forward to for the rest of my life or will it eventually stop? Also suffer from numbness in area as noted below, difficulty swallowing and voice that comes and goes from paralyzed vocal cords after surgery. HELP!


Did you find this post helpful?
|

User Profile
replied May 29th, 2013
Thyroid Cancer Answer A43597
Welcome to e health forum.

The cause of your symptoms are a combination of side effects of the surgical procedure for the thyroid cancer.

The lack of sensation can result from nerve damage associated with the radical neck dissection. Excision of the lymph nodes and or damage to the lymphatic system during the procedure can be the cause of enlarged lymphatic glands. Damage to the salivary glands can also be the cause.

You will have to consult with your treating doctor or surgeon who can examine you and advise, if the issues you are facing would be long lasting or would subside within due time.


|
Did you find this post helpful?
This question has been answered by the doctor. This topic is now open for public discussion, however no comments below this point will be answered by a doctor.
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our Thyroid Cancer , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.