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Acta Médica Peruana

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ALZATE-CARVAJAL, Verónica; SALCEDO-CERQUERA, Carol P; NUNEZ-RENZA, Jesus  and  MONDRAGON-CARDONA, Alvaro. A compressed sterile gel sponge (GELFOAMMR) simulating thyroid tissue in an ultrasound examination of a patient who underwent a thyroidectomy. Report of a case. Acta méd. Peru [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.3, pp.236-240. ISSN 1728-5917.

Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine neoplasm, and papillary thyroid carcinoma is the most prevalent subtype, representing 75 to 80% of all cases. This condition usually appears as a single thyroid nodule, and the use of ultrasound has increased its detection. The recommended treatment is total thyroidectomy, which leads to fewer recurrences and complications. We present the case of a 54-year old female patient who reported the appearance of nodular structures on the left side of her neck in a control after a thyroidectomy. A biopsy was taken, and it was reported as suggestive of an inflammatory response. The assessment after a thyroidectomy aims to identify early recurrences, as it was described in this case, where the images resembling thyroid tissue corresponded to a hemostatic material (GelfoamTM), which is widely used in the surgical field, and the nodular response described corresponded to a case of atypical lymphoid hyperplasia

Keywords : Gelatin sponge, absorbable; Thyroid cáncer; Thyroidectomy.

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