Which physical findings are characteristic of follicular thyroid carcinoma (FTC)?

Updated: Jun 18, 2020
  • Author: Luigi Santacroce, MD; Chief Editor: Neetu Radhakrishnan, MD  more...
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Palpate the patient's neck to evaluate the size and firmness of the thyroid and to check for any thyroid nodules. The principal sign of thyroid carcinoma is a firm and nontender nodule in the thyroid area.

Some patients have a tight or full feeling in the neck, hoarseness, or signs of tracheal or esophageal compression.

Palpable thyroid nodules are usually solitary, with a hard consistency, an average size of less than 5 cm, and ill-defined borders. This nodule is fixed in respect to surrounding tissues and moves with the trachea at swallowing.

Usually, signs of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism are not observed.

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