How is Hürthle cell carcinoma thyroid cancer treated?

Updated: May 09, 2018
  • Author: Pramod K Sharma, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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For patients with Hürthle cell carcinomas based on initial FNAB findings, most surgeons advocate an aggressive approach with lobectomy and isthmectomy, followed by completion thyroidectomy with confirmation on final pathologic result. For tumors larger than 5 cm or for palpable lymphatic metastases, total thyroidectomy (including neck dissection for palpable lymph nodes) is often performed during the initial operation.


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