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December 1994

Treatment of Patients With Carcinoma of the Thyroid Invading the Airway

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994;120(12):1377-1381. doi:10.1001/archotol.1994.01880360071013

Objective:  To determine if complete resection (vs incomplete resection) improved survival of patients with thyroid carcinoma invading the airway.

Design:  Retrospective, nonrandomized end point study.

Setting:  Tertiary care referral centers.

Patients:  All patients who had invasion of the airway by thyroid carcinoma and underwent some type of surgical resection.

Interventions:  Surgical resection.

Main Outcome Measure:  Survival.

Results:  Complete resection showed significantly better survival than incomplete resection (P=.0136).

Conclusion:  Complete resection of thyroid carcinoma invading the airway offers improved survival compared with incomplete resection.(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1994;120:1377-1381)