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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 24-30

The epidemic of papillary thyroid microcarcinoma: An overview


Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Abdulaziz A AlSaif
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, King Saud University, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-600X.173839

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According to the World Health Organization, papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (PTmC) is a papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) measuring 10 mm or less in size. There has been a recent worldwide increase in the incidence of thyroid cancer, largely attributed to an increase in the incidence of PTC and more precisely to an increase in the incidence of PTmC. The management of PTmC continues to be an area of controversy and has resulted in wide differences in recommended management, ranging from observation to an aggressive approach with total thyroidectomy, central lymph node dissection and radioiodine ablation therapy. The aim of this review is to present some of the recently published studies discussing the clinical aspects of this disease (PTmC).


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