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Management of the single thyroid nodule 

Management of the single thyroid nodule
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Management of the single thyroid nodule
Author(s):

Laszlo Hegedüs

and Finn N. Bennedbæk

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199235292.003.3317
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date: 26 June 2019

The main concern of patients and physicians alike, when dealing with the solitary thyroid nodule, is to diagnose the few cancers (approximately 5%) as rapidly and cost-effectively as possible, and to reduce superfluous thyroid surgery. Management has changed in recent years, but differences prevail as shown by an investigation among European thyroidologists (1). This chapter focuses on the palpably discrete swelling within an otherwise normal gland in the clinically and biochemically euthyroid patient (2, 3). The toxic nodule is dealt with in Chapter 3.3.11, and thyroid malignancy in Chapters 3.5.4–3.5.7.

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