Central compartment neck dissection for thyroid cancer: Technical considerations

Sara I. Pai, Ralph P. Tufano

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The central compartment of the neck is a common site of local metastasis for thyroid carcinoma. Therefore, knowledge of the surgical techniques employed during a central compartment neck dissection is important to master for any surgeon who manages thyroid cancer patients. We review the anatomical boundaries of the central compartment of the neck as well as discuss the lymphatic drainage patterns of the thyroid gland. We advocate standardization of the surgical approach to the central compartment in order to minimize morbidity and ensure comprehensive removal of all lymph nodes when indicated, which can reduce the need for reoperative dissections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)292-297
Number of pages6
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2008


  • Central compartment
  • Neck dissection
  • Thyroid cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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