Thyroid Nodules in Kids 101: How Common?

Thyroid Nodules in Kids 101: How Common?

Thyroid Nodules in Kids 101: How Common?

Thyroid Nodules in Kids 101: How Common?

 

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1.Thyroid nodules are less common among children but are more likely to be malignant.  (22% vs 5%).

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4854274

 

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2. Estimates from ultrasound (US) and postmortem examination suggest that 1%–1.5% of children and up to 13% of older adolescents or young adults have thyroid nodules.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4854274

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4854274

3. Large Japanese series using high-resolution US confirm the incidence of solid nodules at 1.65% but also identified cystic lesions in 57% of children and adolescents.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4854274

4.The prevalence of thyroid nodules is much greater in children than is generally appreciated.

Comments: Careful thyroid Ultrasound evaluation of children with Hashimoto’s for suspicious nodules is needed.

 

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Richard Guttler MD,FACE,ECNU

thyroid.com

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