SOLITARY THYROID NODULE– MANAGEMENT

I. Surgery: The nodule is removed surgically if:

  • Cancer is suspected.
  • Fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy shows cancer or inconclusive result.
  • Thyroxine therapy fails to check the growth of nodule.
  • Nodule is associated with hyperthyroidism (over functioning of the gland)

II. Follow-up of the nodule: Long term follow-up with thyroxine therapy (suppressive) may be indicated if:

  • Clinical findings are suggestive of benign nodule.
  • Fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy and radioisotope scanning shows benign character of the nodule.