This is a clinical photograph showing a standard transverse cervical collar incision which appears to be halfway between the suprasternal notch and cricoid cartilage. The incision is approximately 5-6 centimetres in length and is usually performed during thyroid surgery or 4-gland exploration for parathyroid disease. It appears that tissue glue has been applied for skin closure and a surgical drain can be seen emerging below the incision. The presence of a drain suggests that the patient may have had a total thyroidectomy as there is a move away from using drains for a standard diagnostic hemithyroidectomy.

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