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Thyroid. 2012 Feb;22(2):214-7. doi: 10.1089/thy.2011.0395. Epub 2012 Jan 18.

Tract recurrence of a follicular thyroid neoplasm following transaxillary endoscopic thyroidectomy.

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  • 1Division of Endocrine and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, New York 10065, USA. tob2005@nyp.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Endoscopic thyroidectomy is gaining popularity, particularly in Asian countries, as an alternative to conventional cervical thyroidectomy. Multiple large case series have been published that confirm the feasibility and safety of this procedure compared to conventional methods. However, no data are available that demonstrate long-term oncologic outcomes or complications.

PATIENT FINDINGS:

A patient who underwent transaxillary gas insufflation thyroidectomy for a follicular neoplasm presented to the authors with a mass along the operative tract 31 months after her first surgery. The mass was found to be a recurrence of the thyroid neoplasm.

SUMMARY:

Since this is a relatively new procedure, the potential complications differ from those of conventional cervical thyroidectomy. Further studies are needed to determine size limitations on nodules considered for endoscopic resection.

CONCLUSION:

When performing these procedures, care should be taken to ensure that the specimen is removed entirely and in one piece. Long-term outcomes data for endoscopic thyroidectomy are warranted prior to this becoming an acceptable standard of care for thyroid surgery.

PMID:
22257374
DOI:
10.1089/thy.2011.0395
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