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Hye Jung Kim 1 Article
Usefulness of intraoperative determination of central lymph node metastasis by palpation in papillary thyroid cancer
Wan Wook Kim, Jeeyeon Lee, Jin Hyang Jung, Ho Yong Park, Won Hwa Kim, Hye Jung Kim, Ji-Young Park, Ralph P. Tufano
Yeungnam Univ J Med. 2020;37(4):302-307.   Published online April 22, 2020
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12701/yujm.2020.00122
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Background
This study evaluated the usefulness of judgment of central lymph node (LN) metastasis by surgeon’s palpation in papillary thyroid cancer.
Methods
This study included 127 patients who underwent thyroidectomy and central compartment node dissection between October 2014 and February 2015. The criterion for suspicious LNs was hardness.
Results
Of the 20.5% (28/127) of suspicious for metastatic LNs according to surgeon determination, 92.8% (26/28) were confirmed to be metastatic in the final pathological examinations. Metastatic LNs were found in 38 (38.3%) of 99 patients without suspicious LNs, 29 of whom (76.3%) had micrometastases. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values for the determination of LN metastasis by a surgeon were 40.6%, 96.8%, 92.9%, and 61.6%, respectively.
Conclusion
Determination of central LN metastasis by a surgeon’s palpation may be useful to evaluate LNs owing to the high specificity and positive predictive values, especially in macrometastasis or high-risk LN disease.

JYMS : Journal of Yeungnam Medical Science