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There is a recent proliferation of clinical studies about the minimally invasive scarless thyroid surgery. The transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy vestibular approach (TOETVA) carries a great potential for being scarless surgery via a short dissection flap. However, TOETVA has limitations in extracting larger thyroid tumours via the transoral vestibular incision and due to its potential damage to the branches of the mental nerve. The rapidly evolving surgical innovations have now introduced transoral and submental thyroidectomy (TOaST) approach that allows extraction of large thyroid tumours with less flap dissection and minimal postoperative pain. We present a 39-year-old man with a large multinodular goitre. The patient was euthyroid with moderate to severe compression symptoms of difficulty in breathing and swallowing. We performed a TOaST procedure using intraoperative neuromonitoring and indocyanin green fluorescence imaging with an uneventful recovery. This is a first case report from the middle east region that will pave the way to large clinical trials to determine the efficacy and safety of TOaST. © BMJ Publishing Group Limited 2021. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ.


Fadi Alnehlaoui, Salman Yousuf Guraya. Transoral and submental thyroidectomy using intraoperative nerve stimulation and indocyanin green fluorescence imaging. BMJ case reports. 2021 Aug 23;14(8)

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