Solitary Thyroid Nodule and Cancer

  • Christine A. Chu
  • William B. Inabnet

In iodine-deficient countries, goiter is endemic and the incidence of thyroid nodules is high. In the United States where table salt is iodinated, thyroid nodules are clinically detectable in only 4–7% of the general population. An aging population and incidental findings from usage of unrelated radiographic studies have however resulted in a higher prevalence of this endocrine entity. High-resolution ultrasonography, which is being used with increasing frequency to image the neck for a variety of disorders, detects thyroid nodules in 16–67% of unselected patients. In autopsy series, 30–60% of thyroids harbor nodules. Many of these micronodules are less than 1 cm in diameter and are usually not clinically relevant in asymptomatic patients.


Fine Needle Aspiration Thyroid Nodule Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve Total Thyroidectomy Follicular Adenoma 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine A. Chu
    • 1
  • William B. Inabnet
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryKaiser PermanenteFreemontUSA
  2. 2.Department of Gastrointestinal and Endocrine SurgeryColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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