Video-assisted thyroidectomy for papillary thyroid carcinoma

Celestino Pio Lombardi, Marco Raffaelli, Carmela De Crea, Rocco Domenico Alfonso Bellantone, Annamaria D'Amore, Luigi Oragano, Massimo Salvatori

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Background. The results of video-assisted thyroidectomy (VAT) were evaluated in a large series of patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), especially in terms of completeness of the surgical resection and short-to-medium term recurrence. Methods. The medical records of all patients who underwent video-assisted thyroidectomy for PTC between June 1998 and May 2009 were reviewed. Results. Three hundred fifty-nine patients were included. One hundred twenty-six patients underwent concomitant central neck node removal. Final histology showed 285 pT1, 26 pT2, and 48 pT3 PTC. Lymph node metastases were found in 27 cases. Follow-up was completed in 315 patients. Mean postoperative serum thyroglobulin level off levothyroxine was 5.4 ng/mL. Post operative ultrasonography showed no residual thyroid tissue in all the patients. Mean post-operative (131)I uptake was 1.7%. One patient developed lateral neck recurrence. No other recurrence was observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Oncology
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • thyroid carcinoma


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