21 November 2002
Med Sci Monit 2002; 8(11): CS80-82 :: ID: 4831
BACKGROUND: After presenting with the common finding of a nodular goiter, many patients refuse surgery because of the potential for a conspicuous anterior neck scar. Despite the development of endoscopic approaches to neck dissections, it can be difficult to remove a large thyroid tumor using such approaches. MATERIAL/METHODS: We attempted thyroid lobectomies via a subclavicular approach in three cases - three women whose ages ranged from 36-45 years old. Each patient was diagnosed with a cytologically-benign nodular goiter with a diameter greater than 60 mm. Subclavicular incisions were made with the length being deterrmined by the size of the tumor and with the thyroid being approached laterally for resection. RESULTS: Despite a maximum tumor diameter of greater than 70 mm, our operative technique was comparable to conventional methods with respect to surgical exposure, safety and operation time. Cosmetically, each patient was satisfied with the post-operative results. CONCLUSIONS: We believe that the subclavicular approach to thyroidectomy is a safe and cosmetically-superior alternative to conventional surgery, even in cases that are too large to approach endoscopically.
Keywords: Goiter - surgery
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