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Aug 2011

Extent of Thyroidectomy and Survival in the SEER Database: A Case of Citation Amnesia

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Surgery, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011;137(8):837-838. doi:10.1001/archoto.2011.133

In the November 2010 issue of the Archives, Mendelsohn et al1 reported the findings of their study on the survival of patients with papillary thyroid cancer using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, showing no difference between patients who underwent a total thyroidectomy and those who underwent a thyroid lobectomy. Unfortunately, Mendelsohn and colleagues neglected to cite a similar study that was also performed using the SEER database. In 2005, Haigh et al2 reported on 5432 patients in the SEER database with papillary thyroid cancer and concluded that the extent of thyroidectomy was not a major determinant of survival in low- or high-risk patients with papillary thyroid cancer.

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