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A Journal on Surgery
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Minerva Chirurgica 2007 October;62(5):373-82
Management of follicular tumors of the thyroid
Wang T. S., Roman S. A., Sosa J. A.
Department of Surgery Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, CT, USA
The incidence of well-differentiated thyroid cancers is rising. Follicular cancer represents 10-20% of these lesions. While the vast majority of thyroid nodules of follicular origin are benign, fine needle aspiration cannot provide cytologic evidence of capsular and/or vascular invasion; therefore, patients should undergo surgical excision. Frozen section is not recommended for intraoperative evaluation of follicular neoplasia. Patients deemed to have follicular cancer require near-total or total thyroidectomy and postoperative 131I ablation. The optimal management of minimally invasive follicular cancer remains an area of controversy, but long-term prognosis for these patients is excellent. Areas of research should focus on identification of molecular markers of malignancy and aggressiveness of follicular neoplasia.