Surgical management of cervical lymph nodes in differentiated thyroid cancer

Danielle Fritze, Gerard M. Doherty

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Well-differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) carries an excellent prognosis. Although long-term survival rates are high, regional lymph node metastases are common. Surgical management of cervical lymph nodes is integral to the comprehensive treatment of DTC, but data from large randomized trials do not exist to define optimal treatment. Therapy is thus guided by observational data, and founded on an understanding of the behavior of lymphatic metastases in DTC. This article focuses on the significance of lymph node metastases in thyroid cancer, and the strategy for surgical management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-300
Number of pages16
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cervical lymph nodes
  • Differentiated thyroid cancer
  • Dissection
  • Nodal metastases
  • Prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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