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Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2008 Jun;37(2):437-55, x. doi: 10.1016/j.ecl.2008.02.002.

Surgical approaches to thyroid tumors.

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  • 1University of California, San Francisco, Mt Zion Medical Center, San Francisco, CA 94143-1674, USA.


This article includes discussions of the surgical approach to benign and malignant disease and the role of prophylactic thyroidectomy and nodal dissection for medullary thyroid cancer. The controversy regarding the extent of dissection for differentiated thyroid cancer and the role of lymph node dissection are reviewed also. A description of the authors' surgical technique for thyroidectomy is detailed. Finally, several emerging technologies are introduced.

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