Table 5: Comparison of outcomes of total thyroidectomy with or without central lymph node dissection.

StudyRLN Injury (%)Hypocalcemia (%) Recurrence (%)
TemporaryPermanentTemporaryPermanent

Shen et al. [15]TT: 3.7TT: 1.0TT: 11.0TT: 0TT: 21.8
( )TT + CND: 1.8 TT + CND: 1.8 TT + CND: 38.2TT + CND: 0 TT + CND: 5.7

Moo et al. [16]TT: 0TT: 0TT: 5.6TT: 5.5TT: 16.7
( )TT + CND: 4.4TT + CND: 0TT + CND: 31.1TT + CND: 0TT + CND: 4.4

Rosenbaum McHenry [17]TT: 2.3TT: 1.1TT: 57.9TT: 0TT: 4.5
( )TT + CND: 9.1TT + CND: 0TT + CND: 86.4TT + CND: 4.5TT + CND: 2.3

Perrino et al. [18]TT: 3.1TT: 2.5TT: 6.9TT: 3.8TT: 13.8
( )TT + CND: 2.2TT + CND: 1.1TT + CND: 8.7TT + CND: 1.1TT + CND: 5.4

Sywak et al. [19]TT: 1.0TT: 1.0TT: 8.2TT: 0.5TT: 5.6
( )TT + CND: 1.8TT + CND: 0TT + CND: 17.8TT + CND: 1.8TT + CND: 3.6

TT: total thyroidectomy alone, TT + CND: total thyroidectomy with central lymph node dissection.