Oncology Central

Central compartment lymph node dissection for differentiated thyroid cancer: review of the literature


Central lymph node dissection (CLND) remains an important component of the surgical treatment of differentiated thyroid cancer. The indication for CLND is the presence of image-positive metastases in level VI lymph nodes; the elective dissection of radiographically normal central compartment lymph nodes in patients with differentiated thyroid cancer remains controversial. The different types of CLND will be discussed herein, and some of the surrounding controversies will be highlighted.

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