Gasless video-assisted total thyroidectomy in the treatment of low risk intrathyroid papillary carcinoma

Tzu Chieh Chao*, Jen Der Lin, Miin Fu Chen

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Abstract

Video-assisted thyroidectomy, although an increasingly used method to treat benign thyroid nodules, is rarely used to treat thyroid cancer. We performed gasless video-assisted total thyroidectomy for the treatment of papillary carcinoma of the thyroid. The patients were two men and five women with ages ranging from 29 to 52 years (median 35 years). Tumor size ranged from 0.7 to 3.8 cm (median 1.8 cm). The remnants of functional thyroid tissues were ablated with 1110 MBq of 131I following total thyroidectomy. One year after radioiodine ablation uptake of 74 MBq 131I shown by scintigraphy ranged from 0.29% to 0.70% (median 0.57%), and the serum thyroglobulin level was less than 1 μg/L. No perioperative complications occurred. The follow-up period ranged from 1 year 5 months to 3 years 7 months (median 2 years 10 months). In conclusion, gasless video-assisted total thyroidectomy is a feasible means for treating relatively small, noninvasive, clinically solitary, differentiated thyroid carcinomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-879
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Journal of Surgery
Volume28
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 09 2004
Externally publishedYes

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