What is the prevalence of solitary thyroid nodules?

Updated: Oct 04, 2018
  • Author: Daniel J Kelley, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Nodular disorders of the thyroid gland are relatively common among adults living in the United States, with an overall prevalence of approximately 4-7% in the general population. Most thyroid nodules are benign hyperplastic lesions, but 5-20% of thyroid nodules are true neoplasms. (A retrospective study by Keh et al of 61 patients found 75.4% of solitary thyroid nodules to have a neoplastic pathology and 34.4% to be malignant. [1] )


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