Evaluation of the thyroid nodule

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Thyroid nodules are very common in the general population. The prevalence of palpable thyroid nodules is only approximately 4-7%, but the prevalence of ultrasound-detectable nodules is between 19 and 67% [1]. Twenty to forty-eight percent of patients with apparently solitary thyroid nodules palpated on physical exam will have additional sonographically detectable nodules [2,3]. Thyroid nodules are more common in women than in men by a ratio of about 4 to 1, and increase in frequency with age and with decreasing iodine intake 4]. Thyroid nodules are also more common in patients who have a history of head and neck irradiation, developing at a rate of about 2% per year compared with 0.1% per year in patients without a history of significant radiation exposure [5].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEndocrine Neoplasia
EditorsCord Sturgeon
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

Publication series

NameCancer Treatment and Research
ISSN (Print)0927-3042

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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