Transoral resection of thyroid cancer metastasis to lateral retropharyngeal nodes

Thomas Shellenberger, Bruno Fornage, Lawrence Ginsberg, Gary L. Clayman

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Abstract

Background. Lymph node metastasis from differentiated thyroid carcinoma may occur outside of the basins at greatest risk of spread, such as the lateral retropharyngeal lymph nodes. The extensive surgery of traditional approaches to the retropharyngeal space are rarely justified in the treatment of metastatic differentiated thyroid cancer. Therefore, a less invasive surgical approach is advantageous in resection of metastatic lateral retropharyngeal nodes. Methods. To assess feasibility and safety, we report transoral excision guided by preoperative ultrasonography in a series of 3 consecutive patients with differentiated thyroid cancer metastatic to the retropharyngeal space. Results. In all cases, the metastatic lateral retropharyngeal lymph node was successfully removed by transoral retropharyngotomy without complications. Conclusions. We advocate a transoral approach guided by preoperative ultrasonography for resection of differentiated thyroid cancer metastatic to the retropharyngeal lymph nodes. The approach is feasible, minimally invasive, and safe in achieving the goals in management of regionally metastatic disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)258-266
Number of pages9
JournalHead and Neck
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Lymphatic metastasis
  • Retropharyngeal lymph nodes
  • Retropharyngeal space
  • Thyroid neoplasms
  • Transoral approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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