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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.

Methods:

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.

Results:

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.

Conclusion:

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

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

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