What is the role of subtotal (near-total) thyroidectomy 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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Subtotal thyroidectomy is preferable if it is feasible, since it carries a lower incidence of complications (eg, hypoparathyroidism, superior and/or recurrent laryngeal nerve injury).

Moreover, total thyroidectomy does not improve the long-term prognosis.


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