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Thyroid Nodules and Thyroid Malignancy: The Risk Involved in Delayed Surgery

Ann Intern Med. 1962;57(2_Part_1):245-253. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-57-2-245
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This Paper attempts to assess the risk involved in delaying or withholding surgery in selected cases of clinically benign thyroid disease from the standpoint of the danger of subsequent thyroid malignancy. It consists of an analysis of all cases of suspected thyroid cancer referred to the Pondville Hospital during the 30-year period between 1928 and 1958. In none of these cases were suppressive doses of desiccated thyroid, as suggested by Astwood (1), employed preoperatively. Since the figures presented originate in an institution devoted entirely to the diagnosis and treatment of malignant disease, conclusions which are drawn should be considered as


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