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Thyroid cancer - 6yr old boy - Ärzteforum

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Dear all, but especially endocrine experts,
6yr old African boy, healthy, presents with firm multiple neck nodes ant and
post triangles neck non tender. CXR and bloods NAD. Biopsy Follicular
variant papillary Ca thyroid. On review small hard thyroid felt.
I'd first like to ask how you would play this next, and then I've a few more
questions to ask later


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Oncologist

Re: Thyroid cancer - 6yr old boy - Ärzteforum

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For such a patient my usual approach would be Total thyroidectomy with
modifed neck dissection followed by I131 scan post op and radio ablation of
any residual uptake.

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Re: Thyroid cancer - 6yr old boy - Ärzteforum

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The unfortunate child has disseminated (bilateral nodes AND
posterior triangles) disease, and the mainstay of treatment will be
ablative doses of I131, with T4 and TSH suppression.
But first you must remove all tissue that will take up I131, as
safely as you can, incurring as little morbidity. This implies a
total thyroidectomy, and node "picking".

[I wonder whether a Surgeon is going to stick their neck out by
suggesting bilateral radical block dissections, and clearance of the
posterior triangles? Rather like Vesalius would have imagined.]

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