Pediatric thyroid nodules

Occasionally, a nodule will develop in a child.  This can occur as a solid mass or a fluid-filled cyst.  While thyroid nodules are less common in children, they are more likely to be malignant. For this reason, thyroid nodules in children must undergo appropriate work-up, including fine-needle aspiration.  If a nodule cannot be convincingly determined to be benign, it must be removed to be certain whether or not the nodule is cancerous.