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.