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Table 1 Backgrounds and clinicopathological characteristics of PTMC patients (n = 177)

From: Which papillary thyroid microcarcinoma should be treated as “true cancer” and which as “precancer”?

Parameters N (%) or mean ± SD
Gender:
 Male 23 (13.0)
 Female 154 (87.0)
Age (years) 48.3 + 14.1
Age
 < 55 years 109 (61.6)
 ≥ 55 years 68 (38.4)
Diagnosis of malignancy
 Before surgery 116 (65.5)
 After surgery 61 (34.5)
Diagnosed as multifocal
 No 114 (64.4)
 Yes 63 (35.6)
Diagnosed as bilateral
 No 162 (91.5)
 Yes 15 (8.5)
Tumor size
 < 0.5 cm 81 (45.8)
 ≥ 0.5 cm 96 (54.2)
Lymph node metastasis
 No 115 (65.0)
 Yes 62 (35.0)
Type of surgery
 Total 126 (71.2)
 No-total 51 (28.8)
Reoperation
 No 131 (74.0)
 Yes 46 (26.0)
  1. PTMC papillary thyroid microcarcinoma, SD standard deviation