What is included in the evaluation of a solitary thyroid nodule?

Updated: Oct 04, 2018
  • Author: Daniel J Kelley, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Solitary thyroid nodule may represent a multitude of thyroid disorders, and a thorough knowledge of the epidemiology of thyroid disease is of paramount importance. Medical history and physical examination of the patient adds significantly to the determination of the nature of the thyroid nodule. Currently, a variety of serologic and cytogenetic tests, diagnostic imaging studies, and histopathologic techniques exist for the evaluation of a thyroid nodule. Of these methods, fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) has become the most important tool in the assessment of solitary thyroid nodules.


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