PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY-GLOBAL OPEN, cilt.3, 2015 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)
Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most common and well-differentiated cancer of the thyroid. Unlike most cancers, spread to local lymph node does not worsen the survival rate of PTC, and complete resection of the metastases seems to be important and may have favorable effects on the prognosis. A 33-year-old woman was referred to our clinic with a mass involving the right angulus mandible. Incisional biopsy of the mass diagnosed follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma. Right hemimandibulectomy was performed and reconstructed with costochondral rib graft. The patient survived for 5 years after the hemimandibulectomy. Metastases to the oral cavity indicate a grave prognosis, but PTC has relatively indolent biological behavior; long-term survival is usually possible even in patients with metastatic disease.