A new minimally invasive lingual thyroidectomy technique

David J Terris, Melanie W. Seybt, R. Bauer Vaughters

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Background: The lingual thyroid is uncommon, and the need for resection of this condition is even more rare. Techniques for removal have historically included wide access with associated disfiguring incisions. We sought to describe a minimally invasive and safe technique for the management of the obstructive lingual thyroid gland that achieves optimal hemostasis with the use of technology. Methods: Institutional Review Board approval was obtained to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a minimally invasive technique to remove the obstructive lingual thyroid gland. The procedure is performed in ∼1 hour; requires no splitting of the lip, tongue, or mandible, is associated with negligible blood loss, and is accomplished on an outpatient basis. Results: The procedure was undertaken in a 34-year-old woman with a longstanding lingual thyroid that began to cause dysphagia. She was found to be clinically and biochemically euthyroid, and was referred for surgical intervention. The procedural time was 90 minutes, and the estimated blood loss was 15mL. She was discharged shortly after recovery, on an outpatient basis. Conclusions: A number of surgical approaches to the obstructive lingual thyroid have been described, including the use of a lip-split, tongue-split, mandibulotomy, and cervical pharyngotomy approach. We describe a minimally invasive transoral procedure that incorporates Harmonic technology and high-resolution endoscopy and is accomplished with no external incisions on an outpatient basis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1367-1369
Number of pages3
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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