World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 28, Issue 12, pp 1204–1206 | Cite as

Resection and Reconstruction of the Airway in Patients with Advanced Thyroid Cancer

  • Kazuyasu Nakao
  • Kazushi Kurozumi
  • Masaaki Nakahara
  • Tetsuo Kido


The prognosis of patients with differentiated thyroid cancer is relatively fair, with a 10-year survival rate above 80%. One of the important prognostic factors is cancer invasion to the airway. For the last 25 years we have been performing combined resection of the trachea and larynx and have reported a relatively good 10-year survival (67.7%) and improved quality of life (QOL). However, operative complications associated with the procedure, especially insufficiency of the anastomosis and bleeding from large vessels, are life-threatening. Of 40 patients who underwent resection of the trachea, insufficiency of the anastomosis occurred in 4 and subsequent massive bleeding from carotid artery due to neck infection in 2. Tracheal resection should be carried out carefully by avoiding insufficiency. We have concluded that combined resection is a good treatment choice for survival and good QOL when performed for local control in patients with differentiated thyroid cancer.


Cancer Invasion Differentiate Thyroid Cancer Total Laryngectomy Recurrent Nerve Combine Resection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuyasu Nakao
    • 1
  • Kazushi Kurozumi
    • 1
  • Masaaki Nakahara
    • 1
  • Tetsuo Kido
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryOsaka Police HospitalOsakaJapan

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