Thyroid Nodules

Thyroid nodules are the most common indication for a visit with a thyroid surgeon.  They are common, and thyroid cancer is rare.

One of the greatest challenges is determining which thyroid nodules need more attention and which are benign.  Ultrasound can reveal clues about the status of a nodule but is rarely definitive.  Fine needle aspiration (FNA or needle biopsy) is a very useful tool in assessing a thyroid nodule, but even with the latest gene analysis techniques, FNA does not always yield a definite result.  In reality, we take all the clues and combine them to make an assessment for the need for removal of a nodule.