Surgical Management of Low-Risk Papillary Thyroid Cancer

  • Jonathan Mark
  • David L. StewardEmail author


Current medical literature clearly defines a group of low-risk papillary thyroid carcinomas that may be treated effectively with thyroid lobectomy alone. Considerations regarding overall survival, local control, and perioperative morbidity in addition to patient monitoring, disease features, and patient preference, guide the treatment team in the extent of surgical intervention. The effectiveness of thyroid lobectomy for papillary thyroid carcinoma is dependent upon accurate preoperative and intraoperative exclusion of bilateral disease, extrathyroidal extension, or nodal metastasis. The advantages over total thyroidectomy are reduced perioperative morbidity and less dependence upon thyroid hormone replacement. The disadvantages are more dependence upon ultrasound surveillance, inability to use radioiodine, and potential need for completion thyroidectomy.


Low risk Papillary thyroid carcinoma Total thyroidectomy Thyroid lobectomy Hemithyroidectomy Thyroid cancer Surgery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OtolaryngologyUniversity of Cincinnati Medical CenterCincinnatiUSA

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