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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy
Volume 7 (2001), Issue 3-4, Pages 135-140
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/DTE.7.135

Endoscopic Neck Surgery for Thyroid Carcinoma

1Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta, Otsu Shiga 520-2192, Japan
2Department of Surgery, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta, Otsu Shiga 520-2192, Japan
3Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, 36-1 Nishimachi, Yongao, Japan

Received 14 May 2001; Accepted 14 May 2001

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Abstract

In the past 5 years, endoscopic neck surgery has been performed by various surgeons in Japan. However, many problems remain to be solved, including indications for this related in malignant thyroid tumors. For small thyroid cancers and legions suspected of malignancy, we found that we could obtain radicality in endoscopic neck surgery that was comparable to that attainable by conventional methods. Here, we describe our recent endoscopic surgical experience in five patients with preoperative diagnoses of definite or suspected thyroid carcinoma.