Ultrasound in the Management of Thyroid Cancer

  • H. Jack Baskin

The strategic value of ultrasound in the postoperative surveillance of patients with thyroid cancer and in the preoperative surgical planning of patients undergoing thyroid cancer surgery has become increasingly appreciated over the past decade. In this chapter we will focus on how to recognize and differentiate malignant lymph nodes from benign lymphadenopathy. Once you become familiar with the appearance of metastatic lymph nodes in thyroid cancer, you will find that ultrasound is a more specific tool for separating benign from malignant lymph nodes than it is for separating benign and malignant thyroid nodules. However, we still must rely on ultrasound-guided FNA for a definitive diagnosis.


Lymph Node Thyroid Cancer Thyroid Nodule Metastatic Lymph Node Differentiate Thyroid Cancer 
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  • H. Jack Baskin
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  1. 1.Winter ParkUSA

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