Thyroid Nodules 101: Just like Real Estate Location,Location,Location.
- The thyroid nodule location within the thyroid gland can be a predictor of a thyroid cancer nodule.
- Zhang F et al in Endo Practice 25(2) 2019 p.131 looked at 220 patients with thyroid nodules.
- 86 % females’, nodules were evenly seen in both right and left lobes, 4 % in the isthmus.
- 80 % were in the lower poles of the thyroid gland.
- 10% in the upper poles. 40% had multiple nodules.
- 14/220 or 7% were cancer.
- Upper pole nodules had higher number of cancers 22% compared to lower poles 5%.
- Cancer was 4 times more likely in an upper pole nodule.
- Also the rare medullary thyroid cancer originates in C cells that are located in the top 1/3 of the lobes.
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