Journal article

Trans-cervical resection of a separate substernal goitre.

Henry To, Antara Karmakar, Stephen Farrell, Steve Manolas

Int J Surg Case Rep | Published : 2017


INTRODUCTION: A separate substernal goitre which is not continuous with the main cervical thyroid proves a unique challenge for resection. A trans-cervical approach is preferred but may be hazardous due to the possibility of ectopic thyroid tissue with alternate blood supply. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 72year old female who had a previous left hemithyroidectomy presents with a symptomatic central substernal thyroid mass. Following radiological work-up, the separate goitre was carefully removed via a trans-cervical approach and avoidance of sternotomy. She had a rapid recovery without complication. DISCUSSION: The anatomy and embryology of substernal masses need to be carefully considered partic..

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