Locally advanced asymptomatic papillary thyroid cancer presenting with retropharyngeal lymph node metastasis symptoms
Papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) rarely metastasizes to the retropharyngeal lymph nodes. Managing patients with locally advanced primary PTC and metastasis located in distant anatomical areas is challenging. Herein, we report a 56-year-old patient with locally advanced asymptomatic PTC, who presented with obstructive airway symptoms due to the metastatic retropharyngeal lymph node. The patient underwent simultaneous total thyroidectomy, central lymph node dissection, en bloc resection of strap muscle and left laryngeal nerve via cervical approach and transoral resection of the metastatic retropharyngeal lymph node. Metastatic PTC should be included in the differential diagnosis of a retropharyngeal masses. Simultaneous total thyroidectomy of the primary thyroid cancer via a cervical approach and transoral resection of an isolated retropharyngeal metastasis is safe and feasible.