What is the role of lobectomy in the treatment of follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC)?

Updated: Jun 18, 2020
  • Author: Luigi Santacroce, MD; Chief Editor: Neetu Radhakrishnan, MD  more...
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This represents the minimal operation for a potentially malignant thyroid nodule.

A study of 889 thyroid cancer patients who underwent either total thyroidectomy or thyroid lobectomy showed similarly high rates of survival among both groups. [28] Patients younger than 40 years who have FTC nodules that are less than 1 cm in size, well defined, minimally invasive, and isolated may be treated with hemithyroidectomy and isthmectomy.


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