American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and Associazione Medici Endocrinologi medical guidelines for clinical practice for the diagnosis and management of thyroid nodules.

@article{Gharib2006AmericanAO,
  title={American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and Associazione Medici Endocrinologi medical guidelines for clinical practice for the diagnosis and management of thyroid nodules.},
  author={Hossein Gharib and Enrico Papini and Roberto Valcavi and Henry J. Baskin and Anna Crescenzi and Massimo Eugenio Dottorini and Daniel S. Duick and Rinaldo Guglielmi and Carlos Robert Hamilton and Martha A. Zeiger and Michele Zini},
  journal={Endocrine practice : official journal of the American College of Endocrinology and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists},
  year={2006},
  volume={12 1},
  pages={63-102}
}
Thyroid nodules are common and are frequently benign. Current data suggest that the prevalence of palpable thyroid nodules is 3% to 7% in North America; the prevalence is as high as 50% based on ultrasonography (US) or autopsy data. The introduction of sensitive thyrotropin (thyroid-stimulating hormone or TSH) assays, the widespread application of fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy, and the availability of high-resolution US have substantially improved the management of thyroid nodules. This… CONTINUE READING
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