Surgery for Well-Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma

  • Arthur E. Schwartz
  • Eugene W. Friedman


A wide spectrum of cancers arise in the thyroid gland. These range from well-differentiated, slow-growing malignancies to relentless and almost inevitably lethal anaplastic cancers (see Table 5.1). Parafollicular thyroid cells give rise to medullary carcinoma that may be familial or sporadic. In addition, the thyroid may be the seat of lymphomas or the site of metastases from the kidney, breast, lung, or other organs. Although there is a standard accepted approach to a potentially malignant thyroid mass, specific management will depend on the histology, extent of disease, age of the patient, and other factors. Most important is the experience and judgement of the surgeon.


Thyroid Cancer Neck Dissection Parathyroid Gland Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Total Thyroidectomy 
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  • Eugene W. Friedman

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