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Preoperative High Resolution Ultrasound for Assessment of Malignant Central Compartment Lymph Nodes In Papillary Thyroid Cancer
*Kristopher Day, *Mamoona Khokhar, *Rohit Sangal, *Nigar Ahmedli, *Latha Pisharodi, Jack Monchik
Brown University, Providence, RI
Objective: Central compartment node dissection is indicated when the surgeon identifies suspicious central compartment lymph nodes in a patient with papillary thyroid cancer (PTC). The diagnostic accuracy for preoperative ultrasound for lateral compartment lymphadenopathy is well established. High resolution cervical ultrasound (HUS) for identification of central compartment lymphadenopathy in patients with PTC is unknown. We investigate the accuracy of HUS for preoperative identification of malignant central compartment lymph nodes (MCLN).
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