Reoperation for recurrent/persistent well-differentiated thyroid cancer

Sara I. Pai, Ralph P. Tufano

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Reoperative surgery in the neck for recurrent/persistent well-differentiated thyroid cancer is associated with increased morbidity compared with primary surgery. Reoperative surgery is technically more challenging because of the presence of scar tissue and disruption of the normal fascial planes and anatomy, which may result in a greater risk of injury to nerves and other vital structures. When performing reoperative surgery, an algorithm should be followed that allows for safe and effective removal of recurrent/persistent disease. This algorithm should include a systematic review of prior operative and pathology notes, imaging studies appropriate for localization of disease, an understanding of reoperative central and lateral neck anatomy, along with an appreciation for disease behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-363
Number of pages11
JournalOtolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Algorithm
  • Recurrent/persistent papillary thyroid cancer
  • Reoperative surgery
  • Well-differentiated thyroid cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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