Lymph Node Surgery for Thyroid Cancer

  • Neil SharmaEmail author
  • Ashok Shaha


The thyroid has a dense network of intraglandular lymphatics which joins collecting and draining lymphatic trunks and leaves the gland with the vascular supply. This results in early multifocal disease and significant locoregional spread


Neck Dissection Lateral Neck Accessory Nerve Central Neck Dissection Selective Neck Dissection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity Hospital North StaffordshireNewcastle-under-LymeUK
  2. 2.Jatin P. Shah Chair in Head and Neck Surgery and OncologyMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA

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