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A prospective randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy and safety of prophylactic central compartment lymph node dissection in papillary thyroid carcinoma.

Ahn J-H, Kwak JH, Yoon SG, Yi JW, Yu HW, Kwon H et al.

Surgery 2022; 171: 182-189.

Central lymph node dissection improved the yield of positive nodes in this study of 101 procedures, without affecting complication rates. No patient had a recurrence up to four years after surgery.

Comment: This study is too small to provide answers in the long term.

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