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Minerva Chirurgica 2010 February;65(1):39-43

language: English

Minimally invasive thyroid cancer surgery

Seybt M. W., Terris D. J.

Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, USA


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The aim of this paper was to explore the appropriateness and outcomes of minimally invasive thyroid surgery for the management of well-differentiated thyroid cancer. The study is a planned analysis of a prospectively maintained patient database representing a consecutive, single-surgeon experience. A systematic review was undertaken of a series of patients undergoing minimally access surgery for well-differentated thyroid cancer. Compre-hensive demographic data were considered, including age, gender, pathologic findings, complications, and oncologic outcomes. Ninety-two patients with thyroid cancer (mean age =45.6 years) underwent minimally invasive or endoscopic thyroidectomy over a five-year period. Surgical pathology revealed papillary cancer in 76 patients, follicular cancer in 10 patients, Hurthle cell cancer in 3 patients and medullary cancer in 3 patients. There have been no recurrences in any of these patients thus far (with a short median follow-up of 31 months). Excellent cosmetic results have been observed with this minimal access approach. Minimally invasive and endoscopic thyroidectomy can be safely and effectively performed in many patients with low- or intermediate-risk thyroid cancer. In addition to improved cosmesis, many patients experience decreased pain and faster recovery, and are at no increased risk for complications in the hands of high-volume thyroid surgeons.

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