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Central Neck Dissection for Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma

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Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) is a malignancy that is characterized by a high proportion of hereditary cases and secretion of the tumor marker calcitonin [1]. MTCs are moderately invasive and have a high propensity for spread to cervical lymph nodes [2]. Central lymph nodes (level VI) are involved up to 81% of the time [3, 4]. Because MTC cells do not concentrate radioactive iodine, central neck dissection is a critical component of surgical management. Total thyroidectomy and central neck dissection (TT+CND) is recommended in the initial management of the patient with MTC [4]. Lateral neck dissection in these patients is described elsewhere in this volume (Chap. 9).

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  • Central neck dissection
  • Medullary thyroid carcinoma
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Moley, J.F. (2017). Central Neck Dissection for Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma. In: Howe, J. (eds) Endocrine and Neuroendocrine Surgery. Springer Surgery Atlas Series. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-54067-1_7

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