Zhang H.,Municipal Hospital Weihai |
Su C.,Municipal Hospital Weihai |
Zhou H.,Municipal Hospital Weihai |
Ding L.,Municipal Hospital Weihai
Chinese Journal of Clinical Oncology | Year: 2012
Objective: To investigate the clinical characteristics and prognosis of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTMC) and to discuss its resection extent. Methods: The clinical data of 102 PTMC patients who received surgery between January 2006 and May 2011 were analyzed. Result: A total of 67 patients underwent lobectomy, 34 underwent contralateral lobectomy, and 1 received total thyroidectomy. Moreover, 39 patients underwent functional neck dissection, and 63 underwent lymph-node dissection. Follow-up was done after 5 years, and three patients experienced recurrence. Conclusion: Ultrasound helped in the diagnosis of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma. All PTMCs should be treated with lobectomy and lymph-node dissection, whereas some cases of clinical lymph node enlargement should be treated via functional neck dissection.