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Scar satisfaction and body image in thyroidectomy patients: prospective study in a tertiary referral centre

  • P Sethukumar (a1), D Ly (a2), Z Awad (a3) and N S Tolley (a1)
Abstract Background:

This study is the first to evaluate scar satisfaction and body image in thyroidectomy patients using validated assessment tools.


A total of 123 thyroidectomy patients were recruited over 8 months. Both patients and clinicians completed assessment tools that included: the Manchester Scar Scale (to measure scar perception), Dysmorphic Concern Questionnaire (to assess body image), Body Dysmorphic Concern Questionnaire (to screen for body dysmorphic disorder) and EQ-5D (to measure life quality). A separate image panel comprising experts and non-experts assessed 15 scar photographs. The results were analysed using non-parametric descriptive statistics.


Poor body image was associated with poor scar perception (ρ = 0.178, p = 0.05). Poor life quality correlated with poor scar perception (ρ = −0.292, p = 0.001). Scar length did not affect scar perception. Prevalence of body dysmorphic disorder among patients was found to be 8.94 per cent, which is higher than general population rates.


Negative body image and life quality impact negatively upon scar perception.

Corresponding author
Address for correspondence: Miss Priya Sethukumar, Department of Otolaryngology, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK E-mail:
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Presented at the Association of Otolaryngologists in Training conference, 7–8 July 2016, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

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