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Article
April 1933

RESULTS OF SURGICAL TREATMENT OF MALIGNANT GOITER

Author Affiliations

ITHACA, N. Y.

Arch Surg. 1933;26(4):705-711. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1933.01170040168013
Abstract

The results of treatment of malignant conditions affecting the thyroid may be far better than certain writers would lead one to believe. Moreover, the situation is not hopeless even when the growth has involved surrounding tissues or extended to lymphatic glands. I reported extensive involvement of surrounding tissues in a woman ten years ago; yet she lived over sixteen years following operation and died from apoplexy at the age of 73.1 This case and two others in which there was secondary involvement of the lymphatic glands of the neck were reported later, and one of the patients is still living and well eleven years following operation; the other lived nine years and was lost from observation. The outlook is encouraging in many of these cases because adenocarcinoma, the most common malignant condition affecting the thyroid, is slow in development; it metastasizes late and is radiosensitive. These facts have been

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