What is the role of ultrasonography in the workup for hypothyroidism?

Updated: Mar 03, 2021
  • Author: Philip R Orlander, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Ultrasonography of the neck and thyroid can be used to detect nodules and infiltrative disease. It has little use in hypothyroidism per se unless a secondary anatomic lesion in the gland is of clinical concern. Hashimoto thyroiditis is usually associated with a diffusely heterogeneous ultrasonographic image. In rare cases, it may be associated with lymphoma of the thyroid. Serial images with fine-needle aspiration (FNA) of suspicious nodules may be useful.


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