Abstract BACKGROUND: Patients with differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) after total or near-total thyroidectomy require 131I therapy. After surgery the persistence of lymph node metastases in our series of patients was frequent (30%). Such patients are preferentially treated with radioiodine and shifted to surgical reintervention when the nodal lesions persist after two 131I treatments. AIM: Use of an intraoperative radioactive probe (C-TraK) to allow a more radical surgical approach in thyroid cancer patients submitted to surgery for lymph node metastases. METHODS AND RESULTS: After adequate withdrawal of L-thyroxine suppressive therapy six patients were given high 131I doses followed by post-therapy WBS which demonstrated cervical activity in 5 patients and peri-jugular activity in 1. Surgery with the help of a gamma probe allowed to detect and remove all metastatic nodes. After excision all surgical specimens showed higher radioactive counts with respect to the background. The post-surgical scan showed the disappearance of all areas of 131I uptake. Histology confirmed the presence of metastatic lesions from papillary thyroid cancer. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that the use of a gamma probe can be successful in patients with metastatic neck lesions resistant to 131I treatment, particularly in patients with nonpalpable lesions.
|Autori:||Lippi F; Capezzone M; Miccoli P; Traino C; Di Martino F; Angelini F; Spinelli C; Iacconi P; Pinchera A; Pacini F|
|Titolo:||Use of surgical gamma probe for the detection of lymph node metastases in differentiated thyroid cancer|
|Anno del prodotto:||2000|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|