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Table 3 Number of harvested and metastatic lymph nodes in patients who received lateral neck dissection

From: Low transverse incision for lateral neck dissection in patients with papillary thyroid cancer: improved cosmesis

Parameter Transverse Incision group n = 62 Hockey stick Incision group n = 35 P value
Total Harvested LN, n 36.67 ± 19.99 32.06 ± 16.34 .263
Metastatic LN, n 10.29 ± 7.61 8.87 ± 6.73 .378
Ratio (%) 30.74 ± 17.70 28.30 ± 20.55 .550
Central (level VI) Harvested LN, n 10.07 ± 8.45 7.83 ± 6.79 .214
Metastatic LN, n 5.05 ± 4.71 3.60 ± 2.84 .126
Ratio (%) 52.94 ± 31.62 61.08 ± 34.57 .271
Lateral Harvested LN, n 27.70 ± 15.49 29.29 ± 10.97 .631
Metastatic LN, n 5.65 ± 4.09 6.52 ± 4.89 .393
Ratio (%) 23.98 ± 17.33 22.87 ± 15.90 .777
Level II Harvested LN, n 9.82 ± 6.12 9.63 ± 4.49 .885
Metastatic LN, n 2.42 ± 1.82 2.33 ± 2.05 .848
Ratio (%) 33.63 ± 32.72 24.83 ± 22.99 .243
Level III Harvested LN, n 7.96 ± 4.72 8.48 ± 3.20 .609
Metastatic LN, n 2.06 ± 1.89 2.11 ± 2.04 .906
Ratio (%) 28.49 ± 27.72 24.69 ± 23.86 .545
Level IV Harvested LN, n 8.13 ± 4.96 8.29 ± 6.88 .899
Metastatic LN, n 1.67 ± 1.55 1.89 ± 2.15 .595
Ratio (%) 23.05 ± 22.23 26.15 ± 31.04 .636
Level V Harvested LN, n 6.36 ± 5.21 5.63 ± 4.48 .597
Metastatic LN, n 0.36 ± 0.86 0.63 ± 0.83 .258
Ratio (%) 7.99 ± 22.19 11.98 ± 17.38 .489
  1. All values in the table are mean ± SD
  2. LN lymph node, n number, SD standard deviation