What are the goals of solitary thyroid nodule evaluation?

Updated: Oct 04, 2018
  • Author: Daniel J Kelley, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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One of the major goals in the evaluation of the solitary thyroid nodule is the differentiation of hyperplasia from true neoplasms. Furthermore, the histologic criteria used to distinguish benign from malignant neoplasms can be subtle. Evaluation of solitary thyroid nodules requires the collaboration of the primary care physician, endocrinologist, pathologist, radiologist, and head and neck surgeon to provide comprehensive and appropriate management of this clinical entity.


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