PREDICTION OF MALIGNANCY IN SOLITARY THYROID-NODULES - VALUE OF PREOPERATIVE EXPLORATIONS

M MEURISSE, B DETROZ, E HAMOIR, P PARIZEL

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Abstract

The thyroid nodule is a topic in clinical medicine which remains controversial because any thyroid disease can virtually turn up a thyroid nodule. The reliability of the diagnostic techniques for making the distinction between a benign and a malignant lesion varies. The various techniques for the assessment of a solitary nonfunctional thyroid nodule are described and their comparative values in establishing the nature of the nodule, identifying patients with low likelihood of malignancy - making it possible to defer surgery or to avoid it altogether - are analyzed. According to the results and for several reasons, controversy over the best approach of solitary cold nodule management can remain. We propose an alternative approach and provide a personal guideline for the use of these tests.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-29
Number of pages5
JournalActa Chirurgica Belgica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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