GERARD N. BURROW, M.D.
Interest in a nonoperative diagnostic approach to thyroid nodules recently has been rekindled by the report of excessive thyroid neoplasms, both benign and malignant, found in a large number of patients who had received external radiation to the head and neck (1). Certain risk factors increase the suspicion of malignancy in a solitary thyroid nodule (2). First is a history of radiation; the risk of thyroid carcinoma is substantially increased by exposure to radiation, 25 to 30 years previously (3), estimates ranging from a two-fold to a one hundred-fold increase. The second factor is sex. All forms of thyroid disease
BURROW GN. Aspiration Needle Biopsy of the Thyroid. Ann Intern Med. ;94:536–537. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-4-536
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(4_Part_1):536-537.
Endocrine and Metabolism, Thyroid Disorders.
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