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Pre-operative embolisation of the thyroid artery in a patient with a large papillary carcinoma of the thyroid.
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PMID:  22892223     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective: To demonstrate the usefulness of pre-operative selective embolisation of the thyroid arteries in an unusual case with a large, vascular thyroid tumour. Case report: A 29-year-old man presented with a large papillary carcinoma of the thyroid (weighing approximately 300 g on palpation) with extension to the mediastinum and compression of the trachea. A computed tomography scan of the neck and thorax revealed a large tumour the solid part of which was enhanced after contrast medium application, indicating a substantial vascular supply. Pre-operative selective embolisation of both superior thyroid arteries and one inferior thyroid artery, using gelatin sponge particles, was performed 4 days before surgery, under conventional angiography. After selective embolisation of these thyroid arteries, the patient experienced mild anterior neck pain and mild fever. This procedure allowed a significant reduction in blood perfusion to the tumour, which facilitated its surgical removal without blood transfusion. Conclusion: Pre-operative selective embolisation of both superior thyroid arteries and one inferior thyroid artery may be an effective, minimally invasive procedure for patients with a large, vascular thyroid tumour.
H Shojaku; H Takakura; Y Watanabe; H Seto
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of laryngology and otology     Volume:  126     ISSN:  1748-5460     ISO Abbreviation:  J Laryngol Otol     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
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Created Date:  2012-08-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8706896     Medline TA:  J Laryngol Otol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  955-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Otolaryngology, University of Toyama, Japan.
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