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Letters to the Editor
Aug 2011

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

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery (Drs Mendelsohn, Abemayor, and St John), Department of Biostatistics (Dr Elashoff), and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (Drs Elashoff, Abemayor, and St John), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011;137(8):837-838. doi:10.1001/archoto.2011.108a

In reply

We thank Haigh for his comments regarding our report1 and welcome the opportunity to respond to his comments. He suggests that the overall survival effect of thyroidectomy in the treatment of papillary thyroid carcinoma was “already known.” In fact, Haigh and colleagues' 2005 report2 is referenced only with ambiguity in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's papillary thyroid carcinoma treatment guidelines3 and is completely absent from the American Thyroid Associations guidelines,4 suggesting that the issue is not yet conclusive.