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Thyroid surgery done. Diagnosed with pappilory cancer. Pain and swelling in arm. Is it normal?

hi, my sister had tyroid surgery on june 6 and the first pathology report stated it was not cancer and the second tyroid report stated it was pappilory cancer. At that time she just had one side of thyroid removed on July 26th she had the other side removed. now both of her arms are in pain and one is very swollen. The dr seems to think that during surgery the cuff on her arm may have been to tight and caused the swelling . But it is in both arms. Is this normal?
Asked On : Wed, 1 Aug 2012
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Good day,
Noted the point.
Noted that your sister had papillary cancer and they have done a thyroidectomy. Did they remove any lymphnodes from axilla?? Usualy that is not reuired. But if done, it can cause this swelling.

Other possibility is that of a thrombus inside the veins. I feel you must go to the surgeon and get a vein doppler scan of both hands. If a clot is seen, she will need blood thinners
It is not normal for both hands to swell up after thyroid surgery. Sometimes if there is bleeding in the operated site which can enlarge and press on the blood vessels in neck and chest region. Please get an ultrasound done.

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