WILLIAM M. MCCONAHEY, M.D.; A. B. HAYLES, M.D.
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To the editor: It is now generally accepted that an association exists between external radiation administered to the head, neck, and upper thorax of infants, children, and adolescents and the subsequent development of neoplastic changes in the thyroid gland. Until recent years, external radiation was frequently administered to shrink an enlarged thymus or for the treatment of tonsillitis, adenoiditis, hearing loss, hemangioma, acne, tinea capitis, and other conditions. During the course of these treatments, the thyroid gland was exposed to scatter radiation. The use of external radiation therapy was then accepted practice, and its value was attested by many. Concern
WILLIAM M. MCCONAHEY, A. B. HAYLES. Radiation and Thyroid Neoplasia. Ann Intern Med. 1976;84:749–750. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-6-749
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(6):749-750.
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